he Web sites for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Times, Benton County Daily Record and related publications will be unavailable starting about 10 p.m. today (Sept. 30) and lasting for two to four hours. The sites are being temporarily closed down to allow for scheduled maintenance of the software that operates the sites.
While Bill Clinton was the leader of the free world, a new book details how his mind often wandered back home to Arkansas as he ruminated on everything from Hot Springs to Razorback basketball to Whitewater, along with the major issues facing the country.
Arkansas State Police captured a state prisoner who authorities said jumped out of a moving inmate transport van in Jackson County two weeks ago. William F. McCoy, 46, escaped out an open window Sept. 15 when the van transporting him and 12 other state prisoners between Newport and Brickeys slowed in heavy rain, said Ron Brown, chief deputy for the Crawford County sheriff's office.
Bentonville and those who travel Arkansas Highway 12 through the southwestern edge of the community will see a significant development coming out of the ground in a couple of weeks - a $23-million, 100,000-square-foot development, to be exact.
Pantyhose is the secret of a good scarecrow, at least those waiting to be made at Saturday's Fall Festival. The lower body works as expected, but the "legs" of the pantyhose are also great for making arms, with the torso section forming a makeshift head.
Conrad Reynolds, a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, visited Bentonville on Monday, targeting veterans for special attention at American Legion Post No. 77 but making time to talk about some other issues elsewhere in the city.
Four mayors from Northwest Arkansas fly next week to Washington, D.C., to oppose stricter standards for phosphorus levels beginning in 2012 that could require millions of dollars for upgrades to wastewater treatment plants.
Fayetteville Mayor Lioneld Jordan proposed $1 million in budget cuts, and taking another $1.2 million from reserves, to compensate for an anticipated budget shortfall in 2010, the City Council heard Tuesday in agenda session.
Fayetteville and Farmington are two of 21 school districts in the state scheduled to receive a new camera system for one of their school buses under a new pilot program from the Arkansas Department of Education.
Centuries ago, historians came up with a classic theory to explain the rise and decline of nations. The theory was that great nations start out tough-minded and energetic. Toughness and energy lead to wealth and power.Wealth and power lead to affluence and luxury. Affluence and luxury lead to decadence, corruption and decline.
The nation has so many libraries documenting the historical role of presidents that it would be easy to overlook the importance of the legislative branch. For that reason, it is heartening to learn that the educational institution to be built in Sen. Edward Kennedy's honor on the UMass-Boston campus will focus not just on his achievements but also on the Senate and the impact it has had on the country's history.
It's 9 a.m., two hours before she unlocks the doors, but Caryn Ciampoli is already sporting her flour-covered rubber gloves. She's got her pizza dough ready to throw, and with a smile on her face, she's arranging a pan of her signature garlic knots.
It happens on our way to work every day. We're driving down Maple Street along the University of Arkansas campus in the earlymorning hours when a young person dressed in smart attire (other days in pajamas) uses a nearby crosswalk to - huge surprise here - cross the street. Half the time these young people are clearly attentive before stepping in front of traffic. A small minority even wave their thanks. We drivers appreciate the gesture.
I don't think I could be a president of the USA. I like to sleep late and spend a lot of time on the couch watching football. Maybe it's a part of the aging process. To tell the truth I've always been a little lazy.
The Arkansas State Golf Association (ASGA) announced on Tuesday that the first annual Orville Henry Cup Matches, presented by Lindsey & Associates, will be played Oct. 17-18 at Paradise Valley Athletic Club and Fayetteville Country Club.
Former University of Tulsa and University of Arkansas basketball coach Nolan Richardson was introduced Tuesday at the BOK Center as coach and general manager of a WNBA franchise in Tulsa should the city secure a team.
Both of Bentonville's tennis teams earned two wins against Fayetteville on Tuesday. The schools completed a weather-delayed match from earlier this season in Fayetteville as well as a regularly scheduled match at the Kingsdale Tennis Center.
The Senate Finance Committee voted down the creation of government-run health insurance to compete with private company plans on Tuesday, handing the Obama administration a setback on one of its key planks in the broader health-care debate.
Businessmen, academics, government officials and interested members of the public are convening this morning at several university locations as part of a first-of-its-kind economic event that is expected to help shape policy and future economic development programs.
A powerful Pacific Ocean earthquake spawned towering tsunami waves that swept ashore on Samoa and American Samoa early Tuesday, flattening villages, killing dozens of people and leaving several workers missing at devastated National Park Service facilities.
Iran's nuclear chief said Tuesday that the country's new uranium enrichment site - carved into a mountain and near a military compound of the powerful Revolutionary Guard - was built for maximum protection from aerial attack.
Guinea's government said Tuesday that it would investigate why troops opened fire on protesters at a pro-democracy rally. A human-rights group said 157 people were killed and more than 1,000 were injured.
First GOP governor of Oklahoma
Henry Louis Bellmon, who in 1963 became Oklahoma's first GOP governor since statehood and is known as the father of the state's modern Republican Party, died Tuesday. He was 88.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "We've got some beautiful pumpkins, but it has been a very expensive crop this year." Ellen Dalton, a Piggott pumpkin farmer, saying powdery mildew has hurt this year's crop Article, 1B
As the dust settles on the Arkansas Razorbacks' loss to Alabama, and after watching a replay of it on the Internet, it appears the Hogs' defense is somewhere in between being as bad as some fans think and being good enough to win an SEC game.
Regulators expect the cost of bank failures to grow to about $100 billion during the next four years - up from an earlier estimate of $70 billion. Faced with that sobering news, they voted Tuesday to require banks to prepay $45 billion in premiums to replenish an insurance fund that will start running dry today.
As the White House began Tuesday to debate in earnest the Afghanistan war, NATO's secretary general said President Barack Obama is right to delay troop decisions until a possibly revamped approach is devised.
Companies reporting quarterly earnings Tuesday included: Walgreen Co., the second-largest U.S. drugstore chain, reported fourth-quarter net income fell 1.6 percent to $436 million, or 44 cents a share, from $443 million, or 45 cents, a year earlier.
Former Democratic fundraiser Norman Hsu was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison Tuesday by a judge who accused him of funding his fraud by manipulating the political process in a way that "strikes at the very core of our democracy."
A New York court on Tuesday dismissed Dan Rather's breach of contract lawsuit against CBS Corp., noting that the network continued to pay the news anchor $6 million a year even after he left the evening news broadcast in 2005.
Carlos Boc, 29, was arrested in Framingham, Mass., on identity fraud charges after police say the illegal alien from Guatemala went to a police station, told officers that he had stolen another man's identity and asked to be deported because he could no longer make ends meet in America.
FOOTBALL Jones has sprained knee Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones (Arkansas Razorbacks) has a sprained posterior cruciate ligament in his left knee and his status for Sunday's game at Denver is uncertain.
OU coach: NFL call up to QB With quarterback Sam Bradford's status for No. 8 Oklahoma's game at Miami on Saturday night up in the air, Oklahoma Coach Bob Stoops found himself answering questions Tuesday about whether the Heisman Trophy winner should be playing with the Sooners this season.
Justin Verlander kept the Detroit Tigers on top in the American League Central, pitching eight innings in a 6-5 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Tuesday night that salvaged a split of their doubleheader.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Those people who committed those atrocities were uncontrollable elements in the military. Even I, as head of state in this very tense situation, cannot claim to be able to control those elements in the military." Capt. Moussa "Dadis" Camara, the Guinea military officer who seized power in a December coup, after troops opened fire on protesters at a pro-democracy rally
Global airline traffic fell 1.1 percent in August, a slower drop than in previous months, as carriers cut ticket prices to win back passengers and Asian economies benefited from government stimulus packages.
JPMorgan Chase & Co. shook up the leadership of its investment bank, surprising analysts by announcing the immediate departure of Co-Chief Executive Officer William "Bill" Winters and naming asset-management chief Jes Staley to run the business.
Bonds to help fund Windstream deals Little Rock-based Windstream Corp. on Tuesday said it will issue $400 million in corporate bonds to help finance the recent purchases of Ephrata, Pa.-based D&E Communications and Lexcom Inc. of Lexington, N.C.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "What we are proposing to do is to tap the ample liquidity of the banking industry to improve our own liquidity position without borrowing from the Treasury." Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 30, 1909 After a consultation with City Attorney Burt Brooks, Acting Mayor Tuohey yesterday morning informed the local officials of the Iron Mountain railway that they would not be permitted to lay water pipes across the streets that intersect the right of way of the Valley division along the river front.
There must still be places like the all-night cafes and cafeterias I remember on the Lower East side, where students could sit till all hours nursing a cup of coffee or maybe a glass tea-a glesele tay, to lapse into my childhood Yiddish-while solving all the problems of the world, or maybe just stirring them up. Or at least making the kind of obscure ideological distinctions that seem all-important at the time.
IT'S NO SECRET that economic illiteracy is widespread in this country, but it's particularly dangerous in high places, like the Senate of the United States. It also explains why someone like the senior senator from Arkansas can't be taken seriously when she proposes to help consumers by cutting the tax deduction that health insurance companies can take on their executives' salaries.
Understand the real facts Do you oppose government-run health care? If so, raise your hand. If you are on Medicare, lower your hand. Do you oppose all forms of socialism? If so, raise your hand. If you are on Social Security, lower your hand and forward your monthly check to me.
With employees using outdated software - to say the least - Washington County Judge Marilyn Edwards is seeking approval to begin installation of a totally new computer program sometime near the middle of 2010.
Pay for it now, not later. Some schools have stopped allowing students to get a meal and pay for it later when their lunch balances get too low, citing regulations in the Federal Fair and Accurate Credit Transaction Act of 2007.
Wilfred Duane Wallace; Edward Matthew Gleich, Chandler Jacob Fast, Silvestre A. Torres, Waylen Allen Burkes, Billey Joe Bilyeu, Carol Sue Kenneally, John D. Rogers, Beulah Mae Schneider, Elva Lenore Draper
Mayor Steve Womack left City Hall on Friday and became Col. Steve Womack, a 30-year Army National Guardsman who was in Little Rock on Monday on military business and was not scheduled to return until Wednesday. It's a precursor to a hectic October that will start in earnest with his retirement ceremony Saturday.
A Bikes, Blues & BBQ patron faces elevated charges on allegations of headbutting a Washington County sheriff's deputy and spitting at two Fayetteville police officers while being transported to the Washington County Detention Center on Saturday.
Greenland School Supporters raised more than $14,000 working at parking lots and charging people to park for Bikes, Blues & BBQ in Fayetteville, surpassing the $100,000 mark for funds raised over the last year.
If government can levy taxes on tobacco products to generate not only revenue but confer public health benefits with respect to smoking rates, why not apply the same principle to taxing sugary soft drinks to raise funds for health-care reform while fighting obesity? Obviously, the beverage industry has plenty of reasons to oppose the proposal, but strong advocates in the medical community make the idea one worth considering.
People forget the volatility stirred in this college community four falls ago by Laurie Taylor, who was just another local mom until she came to the conclusion that Fayetteville Public Schools were entertaining smut in their libraries. Others saw literature. Thus the Great Book Debate.
All spring and summer, it looked as though Joe Lieberman, the independent from Connecticut, would play the same role in the debate over President Barack Obama's Afghanistan policy that he played in the struggle over Iraq: as a champion of the surgestyle counterinsurgency that Obama endorsed in March and as a defender of a wartime White House against the Democratic Party's leftward flank.
A commentator whose name currently escapes me said several years ago that we used to come home and watch TV to escape the jerks and nincompoops we had encountered during the day. Now, we come home and watch these very same numbskulls and incompetents on top-rated reality TV shows. Hugely popular Web sites are devoted to videos of spectacular failures, eliciting either our guffaws or groaning winces. It's like The Three Stooges have somehow sired millions of minions who have infiltrated society, and, collectively, we can't get enough of it.
Students named Honors College fellows From a field of 493 applicants, 75 outstanding high school seniors were chosen to join the eighth class of Honors College fellows at the University of Arkansas. Each student will receive a total of $50,000 over four years to cover tuition, room and board, as well as the cost of books and a computer. The funds can also be combined with Honors College research and study abroad grants to broaden educational opportunities.
Becky Paneitz, North-West Arkansas Community College president, announced several promotions and interim appointments in response to organizational needs generated by continued enrollment growth. These positions were announced to the college community Sept. 1.
There were more Fayetteville School District residents that voted against the proposed millage increase than originally reported, according to the final tally of votes certified by the Washington County Election Commission.
Fayetteville High junior Micah Radler shot a 73 Monday to take co-medalist honors in the 7A State Golf championship and lead the Lady Bulldogs to their fifth-consecutive state title at the Fianna Hills Country Club.
Handmade shell necklaces were in style Monday afternoon when the consul general of the Republic of the Marshall Islands opened a ceremony with music and prayer at the Boone Ritter building across the street from City Hall.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes. For more information, call (479) 770-8400. An obituary with expanded information or for residents of other counties in Arkansas can be placed by funeral homes for a fee.
When Arkansas and Texas A&M announced the 10-year agreement to renew their Southwest Conference rivalry at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas, many rejoiced, but the happiest people might have been on the Razorbacks' coaching staff.
Abbott Laboratories on Monday said it would pay $6.6 billion for the pharmaceutical business of Belgian chemicals maker Solvay in a move to further expand internationally and add to its product portfolio.
Metropolitan National Bank and representatives of the Bob L. Gaddy Trust agreed to a consent judgment in a $27 million lawsuit filed by the bank on Sept. 22, leaving the lender in possession of pledged properties and an additional $2 million owed by the estate.
A U.S. team working with Afghan soldiers swooped in on a militant stronghold in the country's west, killing at least 30 Taliban fighters, U.S. and Afghan officials said Monday. Elsewhere, a Taliban highway ambush left six truckers dead, and a roadside bomb killed another six Afghans in a crowded van.
Open-enrollment charter schools in Pulaski County are helping rather than hindering racial desegregation efforts in traditional public schools, concludes a new study by researchers at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.
The coup-installed president of Honduras backed down Monday from an escalating standoff with protesters and suggested he would restore civil liberties and reopen dissident television and radio stations by the end of the week.
Sarah Palin, the former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate, has finished her memoirs, Going Rogue: An American Life, just four months after the book deal was announced, and the release date has been moved up from the spring to Nov. 17, said the book's publisher.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Having the leader of the free world there supporting the bid sends a good message." First lady Michelle Obama, saying she's confident the presence of her husband will enhance Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Sanctions will cause great pain to many people for whom the plight of being ruled by paranoid statesmen is enough." Iranian opposition leader Mir Hossein Mousavi, speaking out against further sanctions targeting his country Article, 1A
A Pulaski County Circuit judge rejected a 15-year-old North Little Rock boy's request Monday to have his armed robbery, burglary and terroristic act charges transferred to juvenile court after prosecutors questioned the effectiveness of juvenile sentencing laws and the security of the Arkansas Youth Services Division.
IF YOU don't understand everything you know about turkey season this year, join the club. What in the world is going on at the Game and Fish Commission? Can this be the same commission that guided the state through the 1980s and 1990s?
BASKETBALL LeBron, Shaq together After months of hype, LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal are finally wearing the same uniform. The superstars, united by an offseason trade, were together Monday as the Cleveland Cavaliers held a media day like none before in the team's 40-year history.
This couldn't-get-any-easier clinching is becoming hard for the Los Angeles Dodgers. They'll be playing one of the National League's best teams in another week, yet they suddenly can't beat the league's worst.
The 2009 baseball season adds luster to the credentials of three future Hall of Fame managers, although their past accomplishments would have been sufficient to eventually earn their invitations to Cooperstown.
Teams say tweeting for birds New York Jets receiver David Clowney was benched after his Twitter message riled Coach Rex Ryan. The Texas Tech team was banned from tweeting after a player criticized the coach. The Miami Heat were told no more messages from the arena.
Defense improves its grasp
Arkansas defensive coordinator Willy Robinson is catching heat in some quarters, but Coach Bobby Petrino noted the Razorbacks made significant improvement on defense in a week.
Summar Roachell turned the momentum in her favor on No. 18 at Fianna Hills Country Club. Ten holes later, the Conway freshman was celebrating a victory on the same hole. Roachell tapped in for a par 4 on the 264-yard hole to beat Fayetteville's Micah Radler in a playoff for medalist honors at the Class 7A girls State Golf Tournament on Monday afternoon.
DOLPHINS Pennington out for while
Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Pennington dislocated his right shoulder and might seek a second opinion to determine how long he'll be sidelined, a person familiar with his status said Monday.
The national average retail price for gasoline dipped below $2.50 a gallon for the first time in two months Monday as swelling oil supplies and slumping demand overshadowed even a fire at a major U.S. refinery.
Target purchases land in LR for $6.75 million Minneapolis-based Target Corp. paid $6.75 million for about 8.48 acres of land at the Park Avenue development that will replace the demolished University Mall in midtown Little Rock, according to a filing with the Pulaski County Clerk's office.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "It's going to take a Herculean effort to integrate these two companies." Peter Falvey, a managing director at Revolution Partners LLC in Boston, talking about Xerox Corp.'s deal to buy Affiliated Computer Services Inc. Article, 1D
With any luck, Benton County will have a telephone notification system before the year's end. Throughout June and July, reverse 911 made headlines when Benton County Judge Dave Bisbee and his administrators chose to use grant money originally designated for the telephone notification system to install security cameras inside the Benton County Administration Building instead.
Since my Walk to Emmaus, I've become known as a guy who loves to hug folks. I hug women, men, children, youth, dogs, cats, horses, etc. - you get my point. I've read that a hug is one of the most basic ways two human beings touch. I also know there is great power in a hug.http://www.nwanews.com/admin/news/stories/156743/#
Lost in media reports about the recent death of Jody Powell, White House press secretary to former President Jimmy Carter, was the news that "the former president went to a nursing home where Powell's mother lives to tell her of her son's death before she heard it on the news."
Fear is the opposite of love. "There is no fear in love. Perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18). Fear is essentially a faithless reaction. The grip of fear is the worst possible context for solving problems or for living well. Fear can make us crazy. I'm told that the command "Fear not," "Do not be afraid," or "Be not afraid" is found 365 times in the Bible, once for every day of the year. Jesus presents himself as a man of faith, not fear.
As the country engages in a heated - and necessary - debate about healthcare reform, we draw your attention to a health-related issue that often gets overlooked, but one that should matter to all Americans.
A number of local cross country teams had strong showings Saturday at the annual Simmons Food Cross Country Meet, including the Bentonville Lady Tigers finishing first in the large schools division of the senior high girls meet.
Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi called for a NATO-like defense alliance for Africa and South America as leaders from the two continents agreed to link up to gain more clout as economic and political blocs.
After years of trying to make cars sound as if they were riding on air, engineers are considering how they might bring back some noise. They're trying to make some of them - those silent hybrids - more audible.
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Peyton Manning and Kurt Warner have thrown for miles and miles in their NFL careers, yet their paths crossed for only the second time on Sunday night. Manning stole the show.
A powerful member of President Hamid Karzai's Cabinet threatened to quit after a suicide car bomb attack targeted him Sunday, killing five people, in the latest Taliban attempt to destabilize Afghanistan's struggling government.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Sunday won the centerright majority that eluded her four years ago - nudging Europe's biggest economic power to the right as it claws its way out of a deep recession.
Big job losses and a spike in early retirement claims from laid-off senior citizens will force Social Security to pay out more in benefits than it collects in taxes the next two years, the first time that's happened since the 1980s.
Three decades after he fled the United States after his arrest for unlawful sex with a 13-year-old girl, Roman Polanski was taken into custody in Zurich, Switzerland, on Sunday and faces extradition to Los Angeles.
Dean Allen, a South Carolina Republican, kicked off his campaign for adjutant general of the state's National Guard with what he called a "machine-gun social," where attendees paid $25 for barbecue, a clip of bullets for target practice and a ticket for a raffle of a semiautomatic AK-47.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "I want to work. I have a brain and I want to use it." Marylyn Kish, a 61-year-old laid-off office manager in Ohio who is seeking a job instead of accepting early Social Security retirement benefits Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY "There is no talking around it:This is a bitter defeat." German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, whose Social Democrat Party lost the majority in Sunday's parliamentary election Article, 1A
Defense attorneys for the Marianna man accused of killing a Little Rock TV anchor claim police have repeatedly misled and lied to their client since identifying him as a suspect both in the October slaying in Little Rock and an April 2008 rape in his hometown. They are seeking to have every statement he's made to investigators as well as key DNA evidence thrown out of court.
Less than 11 months after Arkansas voters approved the creation of a state lottery, the first tickets, offering prizes up to $100,000, went on sale at gas stations, convenience stores and other outlets across the state.
Arizona Senator Jon Kyl nailed it: President Obama's decision to scrap missile defense facilities in Eastern Europe "turns back the clock to the days of the Cold War, when Eastern Europe was considered the domain of Russia."
WANT A brief summary of what happened last week to Mike Ross, the congressman from the Fourth District of Arkansas? Here's ours: This artificial tempest over the sale of Congressman and Mrs. Ross' drugstore a couple of years ago was cooked up by Moveon.org
DID YOU read that story on Friday's front page about the latest bomb plot against American targets? It was hard to miss the headline: "Immigrant is indicted in U.S. terrorism plot/ Bomb attacks planned, prosecutors say."
Chris Wallace is not Glenn Beck or Sean Hannity, and plenty of the people who watch Fox News are not ideological zealots. The network's viewers include, among others, moderate conservatives who have doubts about President Barack Obama and his healthcare plan and who want a civil discussion of health care solutions.
Scores show no progress Once more, the Arkansas Department of Education and the media are touting the successful K-12 scores in Arkansas. As usual when government control is involved, the truth is twisted into propaganda.
Senior quarterback Corey Leonard is Arkansas State's all-time leader in total offense, the second player in school history to surpass 6,000 yards passing, and the preseason Sun Belt Conference Offensive Co-Player of the Year.
MOTOR SPORTS Hamilton wins Singapore GP McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday in Singapore, while Brawn GP driver Jenson Button extended his Formula One championship lead by one point.
Dorsett: Dallas QB overrated Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones might be on Tony Romo's side after the quarterback had three passes intercepted in a 33-31 loss to the New York Giants. But former Cowboys running back Tony Dorsett isn't.
While his New York Yankees teammates presumably danced the night away after clinching the American League East on Sunday and some probably didn't roll into bed until this very morning - A.J. Burnett (North Little Rock, Central Arkansas Christian) was on a flight to Little Rock.
The end was as good as the Minnesota Vikings could have imagined: Brett Favre zipped a pass to a little-used reserve wide receiver in the back of the end zone in the final seconds for a classic Favre finish.
Broyles guest speaker at TD Club meeting Former Arkansas Coach and Athletic Director Frank Broyles will be the guest speaker at today's Little Rock Touchdown Club luncheon at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock.
There is more pressure for incoming high school freshmen to perform well in math than there was in the past. Starting with this year's ninth grade - the Class of 2013 - students must pass the End of Course Algebra I exam to receive credit for the class, Arkansas Department of Education spokeswoman Julie Thompson said.
A 911 call came in at 4:53 a.m. Sept. 26, 1999. A Sunday. A naked and unconscious 13-yearold boy was in an apartment in Rogers. A 911 call at 2:10 p.m. Sept. 26, 1999. The same Sunday. A 37-year-old father of three had been fatally shot with a crossbow by one of his teenage sons just before the family's Sunday meal.
The new computer-based security program adopted by the school district here doesn't access the Arkansas Crime Information Center, although a text message to parents from Superintendent Mike Van Dyke states that the system does just that.
President George W. Bush undoubtedly did quite a bit of damage to the United States' international relations with his defiantly unilateral approach to foreign policy. I suspect there are few of us, if we were president, who would have been able to resist a hardening of a cooperative spirit after terrorists, aided directly and indirectly by some nations, committed such a dastardly act as the Sept. 11, 2001, murders in New York and Washington, D.C.
The timing of fertilizer applications for lawns depends on whether you're growing cool-season or warm-season grasses. Warm-season grasses in northwest Arkansas, such as bermudagrass or zoysiagrass, should be fertilized during summer months when they are actively growing.
"We must learn to welcome and not to fear the voices of dissent. We must dare to think about 'unthinkable things' because when things become 'unthinkable,' thinking stops and action becomes mindless." Conservative columnist Cal Thomas quoted those words at the beginning of a recent column and noted that they were not the words of a "right-wing extremist" or cable TV or radio talk show host. Instead, he said, those words were written by J. William Fulbright in his book, "The Arrogance of Power," published in 1966.
For nine years, Harry Markopolos tried to tell the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) that Bernie Madoff was running a $50 billion Ponzi scheme. Markopolos tried to alert SEC investigators in both Boston and New York, each of which dismissed, transferred, or simply failed to understand his advanced financial analysis. He even tried getting The Wall Street Journal to investigate.
HOPE Inc., Cancer Support Home receive grants Two Northwest Arkansas organizations were presented grants totaling $26,000 from the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute Auxiliary at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Rogers runner Maggie Montoya set a course record at the Missouri State Cross Country Facility in Springfield, Mo., and both Rogers cross country teams finished third at Saturday's Richard Clark Invitational.
Miranda Baird, 22, of Fayetteville is among 21 pediatric cancer survivors selected this year to receive a Dennis Jungmeyer Scholarship valued at $2,500 each and awarded by the CARTI Foundation in Little Rock.
Arkansas was one player short for the final 25 minutes of Friday's Southeastern Conference opener and still gave up just one goal to Tennessee, but the one score was enough for the Lady Volunteers to record a 1-0 victory at Razorback Field.
As the health-care reform debate roars through town-hall meetings and radio airwaves, a more fundamental revolution is quietly taking place: the paradigm shift from reactive to proactive health care. The American ingenuity that brought us airplanes, artificial hearts and, yes, even Astroturf is discovering ways to help people live longer, healthier lives.
After a disappointing first two years at its new digs in Vaughn, the Benton County Fair needed to shine in 2009. It needed to be the kind of family event that would thoroughly delight visitors and make them eager to return for the 2010 edition. In short, it needed a comeback.
A childhood recess game has graduated into adulthood. Northwest Arkansas adults, male and female, now have the opportunity to participate in the game of kickball. They can stand on the home plate of a baseball field and kick the familiar red inflatable rubber ball rolled toward them. When playing as an adult, the throws are likely harder and screams from teammates in the dugout are louder. Kickball has officially grown up.
The photo captured a moment of your typical child at play: A 7-year-old girl climbing a soccer goal before her game at Bentonville's Memorial Park. The photo was snapped by Daily Record photographer Sarah Nader, and it ran inside our paper on Sept. 18.
Like most teenagers, I spent the better part of my high school career being annoyed with my parents. My mother, in particular, had a very irritating habit. Each year at about this time, she would start sneezing. And she would sneeze long sequences of sneezes - sometimes 10 in a row, barely coming up for air.
Irving Kristol, who passed away Sept. 18 at the age of 89, was like everyone's favorite uncle - if the uncle were a transformative intellectual of empyrean stature. He was both a warm and approachable human being and a penetrating social critic. He was, in a very American way, a practical man, and his approach to ideas was always firmly and refreshingly reality-based.
Always there is the illusion of the easy path. Always there is the illusion, which gripped Donald Rumsfeld and now grips many Democrats, that you can fight a counterinsurgency war with a light footprint, with cruise missiles, with special forces operations and unmanned drones. Always there is the illusion, deep in the bones of the Pentagon's Old Guard, that you can fight a force like the Taliban by keeping your troops mostly in bases, and then sending them out in well-armored convoys to kill bad guys.
"They would not listen, they're not listening still, "Perhaps they never will." - Don McLean, "Vincent" Radio and TV commentator Glenn Beck was mentioned three times in separate opinion columns on the same day and in an article the next day in The New York Times, possibly a record for someone who does not hold elective office.
When Lyell Thompson wears his Mark Twain garb, some say he bears an uncanny resemblance to the revered writer. Please join Ozark Poets and Writers Collective when we have Thompson perform his famous "Mark Twain monologues" at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Hammontree's at Nightbird Books on Dickson Street in Fayetteville.
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Like most teenagers, I spent the better part of my high-school career being annoyed with my parents. My mother, in particular, had a very irritating habit. Each year at about this time, she would start sneezing. And she would sneeze long sequences of sneezes - sometimes 10 in a row, barely coming up for air.
Visitors and local residents attending Fayetteville's 10th annual Bike Blues & BBQ rally said they enjoy the fun, friendly atmosphere and appreciate the lack of problems and troublemakers. Several people at the rally they enjoy looking at all the different types of motorcycles, watching people, eating barbecue and listening to music. Some said they are glad bikers can ride up and down Dickson Street because some places don't allow this.
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes, at no charge, death notices of reasonable length for residents of Benton, Carroll, Washington and Madison counties submitted by funeral homes.
Justices uphold murder conviction The state Supreme Court affirmed Thursday the conviction of Robert Lee Williams Jr. in the slaying of James "Booger Red" Cummings, a popular Nevada County produce seller.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "There's more than just academics at stake. It's basically systemic poverty." Misty Newcomb, the superintendent of the proposed Prism Education Center in Fayetteville on the need for charter schools in the area Article, 1B.
27 Remmel Dam Landing on Lake Catherine, Smokin' on the Cove, drag boats, $10,000 to win 6-second class, $5,000 to win 7-second class, $4,000 to win 8-second class, $3,000 to win 9-second class OCTOBER 2-3 Malden (Mo.) Speedway, Rislone.
A Hong Kong publisher best known for a memoir of the Chinese premier ousted for opposing a crackdown on student protesters in Tiananmen Square is releasing a critique of authoritarian rule that is banned in mainland China.
Scores EAST Albany, N.Y. 22, Sacred Heart 9 Albright 26, Pace 20 Alfred 49, Springfield 28 Amherst 21, Hamilton 12 Bloomsburg 28, C.W. Post 14 Boston College 27, Wake Forest 24, OT Bowdoin 50, Middlebury 35 Bridgewater.
NOTE For additions to this calendar, fax the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette at (501) 378-3869. Events also may be e-mailed to email@example.com SEPTEMBER 27 Team Bass tournament, Arkansas River, Dumas/Pendleton Bridge. Safe light to 3 p.m.
Two suicide attacks killed 16 people and more than 150 were wounded in bombings in northwest Pakistan on Saturday, despite heightened military operations and the slaying of the Pakistani Taliban leader last month.
Rising violence ahead of Afghanistan's disputed presidential election made August the deadliest month of the year for civilians, the United Nations said, warning in a new report that attacks could spike again when the final vote results are announced.
The kidnappers holding an Iraqi auto mechanic's 11-year-old son gave him just two days to come up with $100,000 in ransom. When he could not, they were just as quick to deliver their punishment: They chopped off the boy's head and hands and dumped his body in the garbage.
Shiloh regains swagger Last week's loss to Greenwood took a toll on Shiloh Christian, but the Saints regained plenty of confidence and momentum Friday night with a 37-0 victory over Berryville in Springdale.
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: April 4, 1953, Providence, R.I. My obsession is to get crocuses to bloom from fall to spring without any gap in the winter. The chief tenet of my faith is to be aware of the presence of God.
Curtis Moore learned to network showing cattle, and now he's a Facebooking, Twittering maven, working those social networking sites like a bull grazing a tasty field. So when he says he wants to save the American family farm, he's not talking Colonial Williamsburg.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "I don't know what they actually accomplished, but I'm glad it's over." Jeffrey Bauer, a U.S. Postal Service worker in Pittsburgh, speaking of the G-20 summit that shut down much of the city's downtown last week Article, 4A Medical-copter crash fatal to 3
Giorgio Armani presented a bright and upbeat spring/summer 2010 collection Thursday during Milan Fashion Week, an apt response to speculation over succession at his Milan fashion house after the designer's recent illness.
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From the fields of Idaho to tasting rooms in suburban Chicago, potato farmers, researchers and industry representatives are in the midst of an elusive hunt: finding a new spud for McDonald's french fries.
Conan O'Brien is expected to be back on the job Monday after hitting his head during a Tonight Show stunt. NBC said in a statement Saturday that O'Brien was resting comfortably at home. The network says the accident Friday halted production of Tonight.
Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., delivering his party's weekly radio address, faulted President Barack Obama's health-care agenda, saying the president and congressional Democrats are rushing to pass "a massive overhaul that will raise [Americans' ] taxes, lower their quality of care and put government between them and their doctor."
Conservative members of the nation's largest Lutheran denomination voted Saturday to spend the next 12 months deciding whether to split from the church after it liberalized its stance on homosexual clergy.
Swine flu, or H1N1, is spreading across the country, primarily affecting children and young adults who cluster together in schools and colleges. This is leading to a heightened fear and paranoia about the virus, fears that may only get worse as the vaccine becomes available and doctors must ration who receives it.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "This new facility, God willing, will become operational soon and will blind the eyes of the enemies." Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, a close aide to Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, speaking of a recently revealed uranium enrichment site in the country
For years, he was a fixture in Lower Manhattan, as regular as the sunrise. Every morning, Najibullah Zazi would be there on Stone Street with his pastries and his coffee, his vending cart anchored to the New York City sidewalk.
DEAR CAROLYN: I have explained to my husband of 10 years that it is important to me that he take our 7-year-old son out to shop for gifts for my birthday, Christmas, Mother's Day, etc. Cost does not matter. Our son is an only child and has a lot of relatives, and he receives a lot of gifts.
Happy birthday. You're excited and optimistic about this next phase of your life, and you should be. Healthy choices give you the energy and stamina to complete a mammoth assignment by the year's end. January brings peace and harmony to your home. The start of the year is extraordinarily romantic and involves a foreign land. Pisces and Leo people adore you.
Kathakali, an Indian dance drama by Viswanath Kaladharan and Kalamandalam Shanmukhan, will open the 2009-10 season for Artspree, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's performing arts series, at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Stella Boyle Smith Concert Hall, Fine Arts Building, UALR, 2801 S. University Ave.
Spin Cycle presents another installment of "All the News That's Fit to Razz" ... America's Got Talent judge David Hasselhoff was reportedly taken to the hospital recently due to alleged excessive drinking.
Jay-Z The Blueprint 3 Roc Nation/Atlantic B+ It's customary that when an artist's previous album didn't live up to expectations, he revisits his greatest commercial or artistic success (Fat Joe's J.O.S.E. 2, Lil Wayne's The Carter 2 and 3, etc).
If you're a senior citizen on a budget, you can't beat free for admission to a visitor attraction. Despite the lousy economy you can still find factories that allow you to see how the stuff you buy is made. Admission to most is free and the fees are nominal at the few that do charge.
"Every night I tell myself I am the cosmos" It's one of those songs that just reaches out and punches you in the chest; a song so naked and raw that you're almost embarrassed for the singer, who sounds utterly hurt and exposed, yet you can't not listen because the thing is just drop-dead gorgeous. It's the sound of a heart slowly breaking.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 27, 1909 Having failed to comply with the conditions required by the Board of Trustees of the Peabody Fund, the State Normal School at Conway will not receive the $10,000 gift offered by the board in the event that an agricultural school should be established in connection with the Conway institution.
Wearing a green T-shirt under a blue work shirt, I'm about to depart for Europe. At my farewell breakfast - one last eggs-any-style - my stylish, college-age daughter says to me, "You look like a scrub. OK if you're painting a house."
In the 1930s the Maginot Line was viewed as a military marvel, an impregnable network of underground fortifications stretching along France's border with Germany - from Belgium to Switzerland - designed to stop the Nazi onslaught and prevent a repeat of the bloody trench warfare of World War I.
Comics artist and editor Art Spiegelman will speak Oct. 6 at Hendrix College in Conway on "Comix 101.1: The Development of a Literary Comic Genre." The free talk will be at 7:30 p.m. in Staples Auditorium, part of the college's Hendrix-Murphy Programs in Literature and Language, co-sponsored by the Crain-Maling Jewish Cultural Center.
New Frontier Bank, the largest lender in northern Colorado, had a lot to be proud of in early 2007. Assets had grown by 66 percent the previous year and profits by 53 percent. American Banker, the industry newspaper, rated the bank the ninth-most efficient in the country.
The oil industry has been on a hot streak this year, thanks to a series of major discoveries that have rekindled a sense of excitement across the petroleum sector, despite falling prices and a tough economy.
The Federal Reserve and other central banks made a mistake by ignoring warning signs of an asset bubble brewing in residential real estate and complex securities markets earlier in this decade, the International Monetary Fund said last week.
By the end of this year, the world is projected to reach an unheralded but historic milestone: Half of the fish and shellfish consumed by humans will be raised by humans rather than caught in the wild.
Small cars with big mileage numbers weren't the only big sellers under the Cash for Clunkers program, despite the federal government's focus on replacing gas guzzlers with more fuel-efficient vehicles.
In 1925, the legendary British explorer Percy Harrison Fawcett ventured into the Amazon, vowing to make one of the most important archeological discoveries in history. He was searching for an ancient civilization, which he had named, simply, the City of Z.
"When the wheat is ripening properly, when the wind is blowing across the field, you can hear the beards of the wheat rubbing together. They sound like the pine needles in a forest. It is a sweet, whispering music that once you hear, you never forget." -Norman Borlaug It could have been the picture on some tattered old travel poster blowing in the wind: Visit Mexico in the Fall.
Washington, D.C., is a city of grand monuments, but none more so than the obelisk in memory of America's first president, George Washington. Standing 555 feet high, the monument is a beautiful and imposing sight. Arkansans contributed both much needed money and memorial stones to the building of the monument.
MIKE ROSS understands why he's been targeted. "When you're in the eye of the storm," the congressman from this state's Fourth Congressional District noted the other day, "they come after you." This time the storm is the raging debate over Americans' health care and how to pay for it.
Reforming the nation's financial regulatory system, which Congress is expected to take up later this year and early next year, is shaping up as a huge hairball, replete with special interest groups, feuding bureaucrats, television ad campaigns and massive amounts of campaign contributions.
It is just us, or are others wondering where the summer went? Now that it's officially autumn, we feel safe in saying this aloud: Summer appeared at the first of June, re-appeared for a weekend in August, but other than that it hasn't been much seen.
FOOTBALL Colts missing two defenders Middle linebacker Gar y Brackett and cornerback Kelvin Hayden did not travel with the Indianapolis Colts to Arizona, where the Colts will play the Cardinals tonight.
RB Larry Johnson has averaged 92.8 yards rushing in starts against NFC. ... Philadelphia Coach Andy Reid is 16-6 against rookie head coaches. WR/PR DeSean Jackson is first Eagles player to have touchdowns of at least 70 yards in first two games since RB Tim Brown in 1962.
VOLLEYBALL Red Wolves defeat Ragin' Cajuns Sophomore Cayla Fielder and freshman Brittany Hoag had 12 kills each as visiting Arkansas State (11-5, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) beat Louisiana-Lafayette 25-23, 25-14, 25-18 on Saturday. Louisiana-Lafayette fell to 6-10 and 0-1.
An Afghan immigrant was on the verge of unleashing a terrorist attack on New York City on the Sept. 11 anniversary but was scared off after drawing suspicion from police, prosecutors said Friday as they provided new details about how far along the plot was.
Opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi says she is willing to work with Burma's military government on getting Western sanctions against the country lifted but needs to be allowed to gather more information about the matter first, her lawyer said Friday.
Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe slammed the United States and Europe on Friday for what he called "filthy clandestine antics" for keeping economic sanctions clamped on his authoritarian nation, even though he now presides over a coalition government.
Washington County sheriff's deputies were continuing to search Friday for a local man who walked away from the courthouse as jurors were deliberating a prison sentence recommendation following his conviction of threatening to kill his teenage son.
Members of minority groups and the poor face more disabilities, sickness and early death because of inequities in the health-care system and within communities, the medical director of the Arkansas Minority Health Commission said during a health and wellness symposium Friday.
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Among the thousands of bikers cruising through the hills of Northwest Arkansas this week is Jesse Gregory James of West Coast Choppers fame, as well as the TV shows Monster Garage and, more recently, Jesse James is a Dead Man.
Ford Motor Co. said Friday that it plans to spend $490 million on building a third assembly plant in China, ramping up production to meet surging demand in this fast-growing market as the U.S. automaker expands in Asia.
County Judge Dave Bisbee pulled his seat closer to the table and, with both hands, opened a bag containing food from Sonic. Next to him, comptroller Richard McComas had already put out his food, put a straw in his drink.
BARRY COUNTY, Mo. - Deputies from two states careened around the narrow, curvy roads of northeastern Benton County and southern Barry County, Mo., as they attempted to stop a pickup truck which fled from a deputy trying to make a traffic stop.
Sophomores James Sax, Trey Lewis and Jake Weidmier had 268 rushing yards and three touchdowns combined to help the Vilonia Eagles to a 30-10 victory over the Harrison Goblins in the 5A-West Conference opener Friday night at Weaver Stadium.
Come early Monday morning (12:01 a.m., to be exact) Arkansas will begin its transformation from one of the few remaining states that don't allow lotteries into a state where games of chance are finally legal.
Many any good people worked for the FHS millage increase. There can be no joy over itsdefeat. Shortly after the vote, School Board President Susan Heil wisely stated that she hopes people who voted against it will participate in future discussions. As one who voted, reluctantly, against the millage, I'm happy to comply. For further thoughts, see my previous eight articles on this topic at physics.uark.edu/hobson/.
Appearing each Saturday, "All Thumbs" is The Benton County Daily Record's take on the people, events and issues deserving a "thumbs up" for a noteworthy accomplishment or good deed or a "thumbs down" for magnificent failure or just general stupidity.
They're back - thousands of motorcycles, far more than authorities or even the most intrepid journalists among us would ever bother trying to count. Happily for sales-tax-backed governments across northwest Arkansas, this week's 10th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival is just what the doctor ordered for struggling sales tax collections throughout the area, all of which could definitely use a spike in business.
While America was consumed this summer with quarrels over town-hall radicals, "death panels," the "public option" and racism's role in the plunging polls of Barack, what happens to health care is not going to change the history of the world.
Fayetteville didn't have an answer for Bentonville tailback Courtney Haskell. The senior accumulated 269 yards of total offense and scored three of Bentonville's six touchdowns in a 45-10, mercy-rule rout of Fayetteville Friday night at Harmon Field in both teams' 7A-West Conference opener.
Arkansans have always been conscientious about the environment, but today, sustainable gardening or "going green" seems to be of the utmost importance. When choosing plants for the landscape, many gardeners are looking for reliable performers that are showy, yet need minimal care. Easy-care plants should not be invasive - remember kudzu and English ivy.
President Barack Obama on Friday said Iran is speeding down a path to confrontation and demanded that Tehran quickly "come clean" on all nuclear efforts and open a previously unacknowledged uranium enrichment facility for close international inspection.
A fugitive on a two-day rampage through central Arkansas shot and injured his pregnant girlfriend and another woman during an overnight standoff in July, but it was a lawman's bullet that killed the girlfriend, investigators determined.
The sky-high optimism sweeping Razorback Land this time last week was only matched by the air attack provided by Ryan Mallett. With Arkansas' defense giving up half-ahundred against Georgia, and a trip to the SEC's best defense facing the Hogs today in Tuscaloosa, Ala., it's safe to say that the optimism has been grounded.
William Stevens has played the part of a Confederate soldier during Civil War re-enactments. Now he's playing detective, hoping to find remains of a Confederate gunboat burned in the Arkansas River just before Little Rock fell to Union troops.
More than 100 prison officials and guards have been detained after 16 prisoners, including five al-Qaida-linked inmates awaiting execution, made a jailbreak in Saddam Hussein's hometown, a police commander said Friday.
Randy Quaid was given a ride from a small West Texas jail to get bail money from a bank after the actor and his wife were arrested over allegations they skipped out on a $10,000 California hotel bill, according to the sheriff who drove him.
Putting the ball on the ground four times and committing seven penalties in the first half should spell doom for the offending squad, but the Farmington overcame all of that Friday night to beat Gentry 27-6 at Allen Holland Field.
Michael Bloomberg, New York City's billionaire mayor, took a helicopter to the U2 concert at Giants stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and later said, "I suppose you could say that," when asked whether flying by helicopter wastes a lot of energy, before adding that it would also be more efficient to swim across the Hudson River.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "The international community has no choice today but to draw a line in the sand." British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, accusing Iran of secretly building an underground nuclear-fuel plant in violation of international rules
Three juveniles were arrested in connection with Thursday's threats of a bomb at a Gentry school, and a fourth juvenile is being called "a person of interest." According to a Friday press release from Gentry Police Chief Keith Smith, his department arrested three teenage boys who dialed Benton County's 911 system at least three times on Thursday, threatening that a bomb would be at the Gentry schools. In the last call, the threat was more specific, with the caller saying the bomb would be at the Gentry Middle School.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "I think that in some areas that the breadth of the violence, the geographic spread of violence, is a little more than I would have gathered." Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan
Craig A. Hagerty, 46, of Russellville agreed Friday to pay $1.4 million in back federal taxes, admitting to running a "sophisticated scheme" to disguise his income, in exchange for federal prosecutors dropping six of the eight tax-evasion charges against him.
With its red doors open wide, Christ Episcopal Church offers a sacred haven for workers in downtown Little Rock. The doors, flung open during the day, are a silent invitation to step inside, sit and pray.
When it comes to assessing risk, Michael Russell is an expert. As an insurance agent it's his job to reduce liability for his clients and he's sharing his expertise with houses of worship at protectmychurch.org.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 26, 1909 The contempt case of Superintendent J.A. Pitcock, in which he was fined recently by the Pulaski County Chancery Court for disobeying the orders of the court in taking from the Arkansas Brick and Manufacturing Company certain convicts, whose removal was ordered by the Penitentiary Board, will be presented again to the Supreme Court tomorrow on a petition for a rehearing.
After the plain pine box is lowered into the grave, the mourners are asked to come forward-immediate family first-and shovel dirt onto the casket. Only when it is fully covered, only when all that can be seen is dust, is the ceremony complete.
The last time we addressed the political crisis in Honduras, a tiny Central American country that has become the focal point of a big regional power struggle, we pointed out that the leaders of a de facto government were playing into the hands of their enemies.
For one, brief shining moment last week, I thought Nancy Pelosi must be the bravest American politician of the century, standing up to her own nutball constituency in the interest of American political politesse.
The year was 1959, and Arkansas' national reputation was far from positive. The televised images at Little Rock Central High School from the fall of 1957 were still relatively fresh on the minds of many Americans. Little Rock's public high schools had been closed during the 1958-59 school year, an action that also received widespread national media coverage. Economic development had slowed to a crawl.
BASKETBALL Rose says he took SAT Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft and the Rookie of the Year last season, said Friday that he took the SAT exam to get into Memphis and dismissed the idea someone did so in his place. "I took it, I took it," Rose said.
Jags could use some star power Jacksonville Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, whose team lost 17,000 season-ticket holders from last year, has said he would consider drafting Florida quarterback Tim Tebow, noting that "star power is incredible."
Ian Kinsler hit a three-run home run in the eighth inning to become a 30-30 player for the first time and the Texas Rangers clung to their slim playoff hopes, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 8-3 on Friday night.
1908 Ed Reulbach of the Chicago Cubs became the only pitcher to throw two shutouts in a doubleheader, beating the Brooklyn Dodgers 5-0 and 3-0. 1926 The St. Louis Browns beat the New York Yankees 6-1 and 6-2 in two hours and seven minutes. The first game took 55 minutes.
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said Friday that a government program intended to spark lending to consumers and businesses is still necessary even with other emergency lending programs winding down as the economy recovers.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Business equipment spending is still on track to post a solid gain in the third quarter, but perhaps not quite as robust as earlier thought." Brian Bethune, chief U.S. financial economist at IHS Global Insight, in a note to clients
I'm debating whether to paint the outside of my house myself or have the job done by a professional. Please provide me some guidelines that will help me get the job done well, one way or the other, and get me the most for my money. Peeling paint on your house is more than shabby.
Q I was interested in one of your recent columns regarding when to severely prune holly shrubs. Is the pruning schedule you mention just for holly shrubs, or does this also apply to other plants in the garden, such as nandina or gardenia? Is there a reference book you recommend that contains ideal pruning schedules for various plants that grow well in the zone covering Hot Springs Village?
DEAR REV. GRAHAM: I know some things are always wrong, but what about situations where the Bible doesn't give us a clear rule? How should we decide whether or not to do something that might be questionable? - J.H.
Interior designer Ryan Brown has made a career buying ugly-duckling properties, turning them into beauties and selling them at a profit. It's a process that he and his business partner, Jeff Lewis, reveal on the Bravo reality series Flipping Out, which is in its third season.
Happy birthday. Adventurous choices make this year memoir-worthy. Moneymaking concepts come to you in October. There will be a healing of a central relationship at the end of the year. Friends play an important role in your creative development through the spring. Love makes you feel daring and confident.
DEAR TOM AND RAY: In looking at "green" options for the future, I have a question about the environmental impact of disposing of hybrid car batteries. We live on the Big Island of Hawaii, and currently - to our knowledge, anyway - they do not have a site here that will accept these large car batteries when they are used up.
DEAR HELOISE: I feel you must expand on your comments on getting a parrot if you want a long-term pet. A parrot, indeed, is a long-term pet, but the flip side is parrots are a long-term commitment, as well. I urge you to let people know that a parrot is not a pet to pick up on a whim. Parrots can't just be put in a cage and tucked into a corner to look pretty.
Cleaning bathrooms On vacation this summer, I noticed how clean and tidy the motel and hotel restrooms were. Are there any tips on how they manage that? I wish I could keep my bathrooms looking like that.
Gov. Mike Beebe announced 24 appointments Thursday: To the Home Health Care Service Agency Advisory Council for terms expiring June 30, 2012: Susan Carter, Jonesboro, reappointed ; Vicki Pennington, Bald Knob, replacing Karon Beavers.
The Arkansas Pollution Control and Ecology Commission on Friday denied a motion by the Sierra Club and the Audubon Society to halt work on the coal-fired power plant under construction in Hempstead County.
The following is a list of live performances in Northwest Arkansas. Readers are encouraged to verify times and admission prices. For details, call venues directly.To add listings, e-mail schedules to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax them to 442-1714, or call 571-6447.
Without a single word, Gravette football coach Bill Harrelson's face spoke volumes Thursday morning. His eyes stared through the floor beneath his feet as he walked, slowly, down the hall. His was a look of a heavy dose of sorrow confusion and - still, nearly 24 hours later - shock.
The story about the See You at the Pole event at Bentonville High School and other schools across the county and nation made an incorrect reference to the day of the event during part of the story, although it was correct in other places. To clarify, the entire event took place Wednesday morning.
A local school is making improvements in its test scores, and some of the area's youngest students are getting help from a national reading program, members of the Bentonville School Board Curriculum Committee learned Thursday.
Fayetteville's human resources director is concerned about mental and emotional fatigue for employees at the city's animal shelter and is taking steps to provide counseling and useful reading material.
U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln doesn't expect the U.S. Senate Finance Committee to be working on health-care legislation up until Thanksgiving, but neither is there a timetable for the committee to finish its work on the bill, said Lincoln, D-Ark.
Police are looking for a man who attempted to rob the Smith Drug Store in Gentry shortly before 4 p.m. Thursday. Police quickly set up a perimeter and were searching in nearby fields and buildings and watching roads in the area shortly after they received the call, but police ended the search as darkness approached.
After first glance, the word "ban" suggests negative connotations. People generally don't like it very much when things are taken from them, like denying a person's freedom of speech or a group's right to peaceably assemble. Then again, lots of times government bans are really quite wonderful. Banning child labor.
It's not entirely lost on us that some logical reasons may exist to join the state Capitol to a nearby office building sure to house legislators and staff offices for years to come. Besides keeping elected officials (and countless papers) dry while going to and from, it has also been reported that the Capitol building and the Multi-Agency Complex (as known as Big MAC) are separated by an incline, parking spaces, a sidewalk and two access roads.
Fayetteville coach Daryl Patton has had several brushes with the impossible in his 15-plus seasons as a head coach. The Purple Dogs will get reacquainted with the improbable today against top-ranked Bentonville at 7:30 p.m. at Harmon Field in both squads' 7A-West Conference opener.
Forget Rogers Heritage's threegame winning streak. Perry Escalante has another streak he's prouder of that he's keeping the lid on: Three games with zero fumbles and as many interceptions to his offense or special teams' credit.
Brice Gahagans struck early with a 92-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and the Ramay (2-2, 2-1 in NWAC) Indians went on to a 21-0 victory against Rogers Heritage (0-4, 0-3 ) on Thursday at Harmon Field.
Evidence of one of the most significant homegrown terrorism threats in nearly two decades unfolded Thursday as investigators described an advanced-stage plot to detonate explosives made with beauty-supply chemicals on American soil.
To fully appreciate Greg Childs' start to the 2009 season, including two touchdown catches against Georgia, you must go back in time. Go back to the spring, when Childs, a sophomore receiver at Arkansas, was down and troubled.
Divorce is as common in the Florida Keys as fresh grouper and cold beer. Census statistics released this week show that Monroe County - which includes the cluster of 1,700 islands off South Florida - has the second-highest percentage of divorced residents.
An amateur treasure hunter prowling English farmland with a metal detector stumbled upon the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure ever found, a seventh-century hoard of gold and silver sword decorations, crosses and other items, British archaeologists said Thursday.
Paul G. Kirk Jr., chairman of the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library Foundation and former head of the Democratic National Committee, will temporarily succeed the late Sen. Edward Kennedy in the U.S. Senate, Massachusetts' governor announced Thursday.
Five inmates awaiting execution and 11 others accused of belonging to al-Qaida-in-Iraq escaped from a makeshift prison built near a former palace of Saddam Hussein in northern Iraq, and authorities suggested Thursday that guards there may have helped them.
Leaders of the world's major economies began gathering Thursday for a two-day summit aimed at making sure a fledgling global recovery remains on track while laying down tougher rules for global financial institutions.
Global leaders on Thursday warned colleagues that coordinated international action to end the worldwide recession and reverse climate change must not fall victim to routine political divisions and pitfalls.
The community activist group ACORN appears to be collecting charitable contributions through affiliate organizations that it then uses for impermissible lobbying and political activity, according to the Republican staff of the Senate Finance Committee.
The Senate Finance Committee slogged through a third day of hearings on health-care legislation Thursday with tempers sometimes flaring as members continued debating amendments, including more than a dozen from Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln.
A boy born in June to parents who are members of the Tony Alamo Christian Ministries is "at substantial risk of serious harm," and a judge should take action to protect the child, state child-welfare officials contend.
A panel of judges on the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals questioned Thursday whether the state Department of Correction's lethal injection protocol guarantees that a doctor will be called in if executioners have trouble establishing an intravenous line in a condemned inmate.
Just ahead in the meat aisle, at least nine metal shopping carts had achieved full gridlock. The shoppers, their carts brimming over, had managed to completely block the aisle. Everybody stood there staring at everybody else, raising their eyebrows in disdain at the traffic jam. Several of the children caught in the trap edged closer to mama or daddy.
Henderson State rolled over Southern Arkansas 51-17 before 3,167 on a drizzly Thursday night at Carpenter-Haygood Stadium, putting up 322 yards rushing against the Muleriders and winning their second consecutive game.
HOCKEY Gretzky resigns as coach Wayne Gretzky's tenure as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, a period marked largely by on-ice futility, ended abruptly Thursday when the "Great One" announced he would be stepping down amid the financial turmoil surrounding the team.
Women's tennis has been a significantly less interesting complement to the men's game since Justine Henin shocked the sport by announcing her retirement in May 2008. She was still ranked No. 1, still the holder of two Grand Slam singles titles and still just 25.
The owners of Bath Junkie Inc. of Fayetteville have filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, citing a court case brought by one of its franchisees that resulted in writs of garnishment on three of Bath Junkie's bank accounts.
The Obama administration Thursday sent its clearest signal yet that it is prepared to extend its $700 billion bailout for Wall Street for another year, even as lawmakers said they were frustrated that not enough was being done to help the average American.
Scientists and government leaders have already started mapping out how to try to improve the world's first successful AIDS vaccine, which protected one in three people from getting HIV in a large study in Thailand.
The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.S.-drafted resolution Thursday that affirms many of the steps President Barack Obama plans to pursue as part of his vision for an eventual "world without nuclear weapons."
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Sen. Robert C. Byrd, 91, the longest-serving senator in history, has been released from the Washington-area hospital where he spent two days after tests uncovered an elevated white-blood-cell count, his office said, adding that the West Virginia Democrat will continue receiving antibiotics and recuperating at home before returning to Congress.
WORLD CUP U.S. beats Cuba
Former major leaguer Terry Tiffee (North Little Rock, Sylvan Hills) hit his fourth home run of the baseball World Cup and the United States beat Cuba 5-3 on Thursday in a likely preview of this weekend's final.
NFL Jones on committee IRVING, Texas - Dallas Cowboys executive Stephen Jones, 45, has joined the NFL's competition committee, a prestigious post previously held by his father, Jerry Jones, and longtime team President Tex Schramm.
ARENA FOOTBALL New league in works While the Arena Football League is no more and the Arena Football 2 league was left without a parent league, a new league appears to be rising from both. Owners of teams from the AFL and AF2 will meet in Tulsa on Monday to finalize the formation of Arena Football 1.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Since the 1980s, we've been hearing we're going to have an AIDS vaccine in 10 years. For the first time in my lifetime, it feels as though we're actually getting on the right track." Josh Ruxin of the Access Project, which helps health centers provide AIDS care in Rwanda Article, 1A
QUOTE OF THE DAY "There comes a time when stubborn facts will compel us to take a decision if we want a world without nuclear weapons." French President Nicolas Sarkozy, listing offers made by world powers to Iran, with no real response from the Islamic Republic Article, 1A
Arkansas economy stabilizing, Fed says Economic activity in Arkansas continued to stabilize over the past three months, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' "burgundy report" released Thursday.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 25, 1909 That the State Capitol Commission will probably begin advertising for bids on the work of completing the state capitol structure by Oct. 10, that the architect's plans will probably be finished by Oct. 20
Twenty-five years ago NBC took a risk. In late September, the network launched a half-hour situation comedy about a prosperous, well-educated family whose children actually listened to their parents without a lot of wisecracks.
A Yankee fella I knew was puzzled and a little bit upset when a Southern belle called him "a mess." Having grown up in Arkansas, I explained to him that there are two kinds of messes. The difference between them is whether the person delivering that pronouncement is grinning.
There's a bumper sticker that states, "There will be prayer in schools as long as there are tests in schools." But for the nearly 100 students who gathered at the Bentonville High School flagpole early Wednesday morning, the prayers had nothing to do with taking tests.
With thousands of motorcycle riders and people interested in looking at motorcycles coming to Fayetteville for Bikes, Blues & BBQ, the rally is an opportunity for dealers to showcase their newest bikes and their features.
With thousands of motorcycle riders and people interested in looking at motorcycles coming to Fayetteville for Bikes, Blues & BBQ, the rally is an opportunity for dealers to showcase their newest bikes and their features.
U.S. Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark., the ranking member of the House Veterans Affairs Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, and U.S. Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin, D-S.D., sent a letter about the shortcomings in women veterans' health care to Eric Shinseki, U.S. secretary of Veterans Affairs.
Aire Serv Heating & Air Conditioning will publish favorite recipes in a holiday edition of "Serving Your Comfort Foods." Aire Serv, a climatecontrol company that has been serving the community for more than 30 years, wants people to share their favorite recipes and be a part of history at the same time.
At the time of this writing, the Democrat-controlled Congress is considering passing a vastly unpopular national health care program by using questionable parliamentary tricks. The trick of which I speak is the so-called "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate. Simply put, this is a method by which the political party in control of the Senate may bring to a vote a matter with a simple majority of senators' consent as opposed to the typical filibuster-proof majority of 60 members.
Lots of towns across America's plains and prairies are home to public libraries that, in turn, operate on small budgets and realistic expectations. Many of those places probably aren't seen as being among the "hot spots" of community involvement, and it's very likely that they don't come equipped with coffee shops and parking garages.
According to Mercy Health System of Northwest Arkansas, any of the following symptoms of the flu would warrant a trip to the emergency room: Fast breathing or trouble breathing; Bluish or gray skin color; Not drinking enough fluids; Severe or persistent vomiting ; Lack of interaction or difficulty waking up; Irritability (in the case of a child not wanting to be held); Flu-like symptoms improve but return with fever and a worse cough.
President Obama made a sound strategic decision, scrapping former President George W. Bush's technologically dubious plan to build a long-range missile defense system in Poland and the Czech Republic. Instead, the Pentagon will deploy a less-ambitious but more feasible system of interceptors and sensors, first on ships and later on land.
For the first time since Iran began enriching uranium that could be used in a nuclear weapon, we have a glimmer of hope for a diplomatic solution to this problem - as long as we are not too diplomatic, as long as the Iranian regime is made to understand that biting economic sanctions are an absolute certainty and military force by Israel is a live possibility.
Off last year's bad defense, Jerry Franklin and Elton Ford provided two good reasons for Arkansas to expect better things. But neither sophomore last Saturday was available when things went bad for Arkansas in Georgia's 17-0 second quarter and beyond in the Razorbacks' 52-41 SEC loss in Fayetteville.
Here's what I know I know War Eagle fans heading to Fort Smith for Friday's football game against Northside will marvel at how quickly the Grizzlies snap the football after every play. There is hurry-up and there is Northside's hurry-up.
Children in kindergarten through the eighth grade can submit a creative and original design that will be used on the front of all T-shirts to be distributed to participants in the 12th annual Kendrick Fincher Youth Run and 5K Run/ Walk on May 15, 2010, in Rogers. Judging will be based on how the design creatively incorporates the Kendrick Fincher Hydration Foundation's mission to prevent heat illness (for example: themes related to proper hydration, exercising, keeping cool). Previous winning entries can be viewed on the Web site www.kendrickfincher.org. All entries will become the property of the Kendrick Fincher Foundation and will not be returned.
The Pentagon said Wednesday that a request for new troops from the U.S. commander in Afghanistan may have to be revised amid growing uncertainty inside the Obama administration over whether to escalate the American commitment to the eightyear war.
Hungry Hondurans scrambled through looted stores and lined up for food Wednesday during a break in a long curfew called to halt violence that broke out with the return of the country's deposed leftist president.
Red Outback grit shrouded Australia's largest city Wednesday, blotting out such landmarks as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and even reaching underground to coat subway stations. The country's worst dust storm in 70 years diverted planes and produced an eerie orange sky.
Masked gunmen used a stolen helicopter and explosives to engineer a raid on a cash depot in Stockholm on Wednesday, breaking into the building through the roof and flying off with bags of cash, police and officials said.
The barn stall wasn't the sterile, well-equipped hospital operating room Dr. Pamela Howard was used to, and the 680-pound patient on the floor was a long stretch from her usual patients in the burn center at Arkansas Children's Hospital.
A Washington advocacy group Wednesday asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether Arkansas' U.S. Rep. Mike Ross accepted a bribe from a pharmacy chain while he was in a position to influence health-care policy.
President Barack Obama pledged a new willingness to work with the world's nations in his first U.N. address Wednesday, but he demanded of them in return a renewed sense of responsibility about confronting the globe's crises.
Sweeping health-care legislation cleared its first hurdles in the Senate Finance Committee on Wednesday as Democrats turned back a series of proposed changes by Republicans depicting the measure as a threat to Medicare.
Old times there are not forgotten. Snaking up narrow old state Highway 13 a few Saturdays back on the way to 'umphrey, winding our way past the little yards that come right up to the roadway, there it was: a scene out of the old, storybook South.
The Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader who is in Memphis to receive the International Freedom Award from the National Civil Rights Museum, toured the motel where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated and draped a white shawl over a wreath that hangs on the balcony where King was shot in 1968.
Former child star Mackenzie Phillips said Wednesday that her father, John Phillips, who was a leader of the 1960s pop group The Mamas and the Papas, raped her when she was a teenager and that her sexual relationship with him later became what she termed "consensual."
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Those who used to chastise America for acting alone in the world cannot now stand by and wait for America to solve the world's problems alone." President Barack Obama, addressing the United Nations Article, 1A
The Obama administration on Wednesday cautioned against complacency on the eve of a global economic summit, arguing that signs of an economic revival are not grounds for abandoning a significant overhaul of the world's financial system.
Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola's proposal to build an interchange on Interstate 30 and an alternate route to the Arkansas State Fairgrounds across the Fourche Creek Bottoms will be a costly and lengthy project, state transportation experts say.
Ceding ground amid growing business opposition, the Obama administration has signaled a willingness to exempt retailers, real estate brokers, lawyers and auto dealers from oversight of its proposed Consumer Financial Protection Agency.
Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies on Wednesday said Nasdaq, the country's largest electronic stock exchange, granted the deck board manufacturer a three-month extension to comply with "continued listing" requirements.
The Arkansas Court of Appeals released opinions on Wednesday. The court's ruling and the names of the cases are reprinted here. The full opinions and other court proceedings, including per curiam decisions, orders and submissions, can be found on the Internet at courts.state.ar.us.
Torched by quarterback Joe Cox and a fleet of Georgia receivers in last Saturday's 52-41 loss, the Arkansas pass defense has had to get back to the drawing board and the teaching field as it prepares for a difficult SEC stretch, starting Saturday at No. 3 Alabama.
BASEBALL Cox to retire after 2010 Bobby Cox will retire as manager of the Atlanta Braves after next season, ending a career in which he guided the team to 14 consecutive postseason appearances and the 1995 World Series title.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 24, 1909 At a meeting of the Finance Committee of the City Council held in the mayor's office yesterday afternoon, Chief of Police McMahon was instructed to start a crusade at once to compel vehicle owners of the city to pay the license fees provided for by the city ordinances.
BASEBALL Former Natural to start for Royals The Kansas City Royals purchased the contract of Northwest Arkansas Naturals right-hander Anthony Lerew on Wednesday. Lerew, 26, went 10-6 with a 4.09 ERA for the Northwest Arkansas this year and was 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA in two playoff starts.
As the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan nears, with no end to the war in sight, the chorus of voices clamoring for withdrawal is rising. What used to be seen as the "good war" is now seen as a confusing conflict that shows little promise of success no matter how many U.S. and allied troops are involved and how long they stay.
As a three-tour combat veteran of the Vietnam War, I have seen enough commentaries like "A late 'sorry' isn't good enough" by Joseph L. Galloway written by people who continually scrape the scabs of war.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "We simply cannot walk away from the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression and not do everything in our power to reform the system that contributed to this breakdown." Timothy Geithner, Treasury Secretary Article, 1D
Happy birthday. Love intrigues you in the weeks to come, as there is always more to learn about the object of your affection. You take your work in an artistic direction in November. Friends gravitate toward you in the new year because the party is always where you are. February features a reliable new source of income. Aquarius and Virgo people adore you.
Oklahoma Lottery sales are projected to decline due to the slumping economy and competition from the new Arkansas Lottery, reducing revenue for public education by up to $4 million by 2011, the state Lottery Commission was told Tuesday.
A story in Saturday's Daily Record incorrectly listed a tribute ride from Fayetteville to the Avoca City Park as a parade. Also, the Ghost Rider Association was responsible for bringing the replica of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to Avoca. The Daily Record apologizes for the errors.
Two state lawmakers from Benton County declined Monday to sign off on a recommendation to construct a $1.8 million pedestrian tunnel between the state Capitol in Little Rock and a state building west of it.
Thirty-six retailers in Fayetteville are approved to sell lottery tickets when the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. Monday. They will earn 5 percent of ticket sales and expect lottery customers to spend more on impulse items after being drawn inside stores.
Washington County Quorum Court members sorted through another phase of the budget proposal process with little trouble Tuesday, approving budget requests for the sheriff's office and animal control with hardly any debate.
Monday was a happy day in Siloam Springs: The Benton County Health Department finally was able to reopen an office there. To which we say hooray, and it's about time. Our friends on the west side of the county had gone 2 1/2 years without the Health Department's presence there, despite great demand for its services. It is a shame that it took so long.
After gathering recent reports, Washington County Department of Emergency Management officials are now anticipating to have the H1N1 vaccine available for the county's mass flu clinics, which are to be held Oct. 29.
On July 1, Playaway audiobooks were introduced as a new collection at the Bentonville Public Library, thanks to the Friends of the Library. Recently, the Friends of the Bentonville Library donated an additional $5,000 toward the Playaway collection.
There are some "Star Wars" fans in Elkins. The proposed "Star Wars" design for a new Elkins High School, named after the iconic movie series, turned out to be one of the most well-received designs at a steering committee meeting Tuesday.
Sept. 15, the Fayetteville City Council was set to decide a request for a zoning change. A property owner, Billy Joe Bartholomew, owner of a defunct livestock sale barn, wished to sell his land to Campus Crest, a North Carolina-based college housing developer. Rezoning the land (from Industrial to Downtown General) would have made this possible.
Pig Trail Harley-Davidson is bringing all of the excitement of Bikes, Blues and BBQ north from Dickson Street into the heart of Rogers as the dealership hosts several events for the bikers taking part in the rally.
The city of Bentonville is preparing to dip into the second installment of voter-approved bond money. And there are some advantages to doing so now, according to Mayor Bob McCaslin and Financial Director Denise Land.
I was standing on the fourth level of the south side of Reynolds Razorback Stadium on Saturday watching a sea of red move up Razorback Road like a giant carpet. On the west side of the stadium was another sea of red that extended up Markham Road all the way to Cross Avenue and beyond. An equal number of fans converged on the stadium from the north. An hour before the game against Georgia was set to begin the stadium was already half filled with excited fans.
Just in time, Mayor Steve Womack appointed a new planning commissioner. Dan Brown's term ends today, leaving him free to travel with his wife. Tuesday's confirmation from the City Council assured that there would be no vacancies in the near future.
Sheree Miller of Bentonville has been named to the Arkansas Nutrition Advisory Committee. The committee was formed recently by U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark.,to help her gather input on nutrition issues as she serves as chairwoman of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.
Deon Clay didn't have to wait long for his time to shine. Farmington's super sophomore is seeing plenty of the spotlight early in his Cardinal career. Clay's performance forFarmington so far suggests that a bright future lies ahead if he maintains this pace.
Perfect games don't come around very often. But Fayetteville will need to pitch an error-free contest to knock off top-ranked defending state champion Bentonville in both squads' 7A-West Conference opener Friday at Harmon Field. The Tigers are surrendering a measly 6.3 points per game and have outscored their opposition 196-19 in a 3-0 start.
CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. - Police in a Detroit suburb said an off-duty officer fatally shot his wife in the parking lot of a library and then fatally shot himself. Sgt. Mark Gajeski of the Canton Township Public Safety Department said they both were Detroit officers who lived in Canton Township.
Bidding for support from Democrats as well as a single Republican, the chairman of the Senate Finance Committee gaveled open a longawaited debate over health care Tuesday with fresh plans to reduce costs on working-class families and impose new obligations on the insurance industry.
Though he never played in the SEC, former All-Southwest Conference running back Gary Anderson will represent the University of Arkansas in the 2009 Southeastern Conference Legends Class, the SEC Office announced Tuesday in Birmingham, Ala.
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras - Baton-wielding soldiers used tear gas and water cannons to chase away thousands who demonstrated outside the Brazilian Embassy, leaving deposed President Manuel Zelaya and 70 friends and family trapped inside without water, electricity or phones.
Oklahoma's lawsuit against seven poultry companies with operations in Arkansas is expected to take eight weeks. Lawyers and expert witnesses have been preparing for the trial for years. JUDGE Greg Frizzell: The Wichita, Kan., native spent 10 years as a state court judge before being nominated in 2007 by President George W. Bush to fill a district judge's seat.
The federal trial scheduled to begin Thursday in Tulsa is the latest skirmish between Arkansas and Oklahoma over water quality and pollution from poultry manure in rivers and streams flowing into Oklahoma. 1992 In a dispute between Oklahoma and Fayetteville over sewer plant discharges, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled upstream states must meet water-quality limits of downstream states.
A financial adviser from Rogers announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat who is running for her third six-year term.
A judge agreed Tuesday to allow prosecutors to use DNA evidence they say links a Dover man to the 2005 death of Nona Dirksmeyer, but he made no ruling on what the man's wife will be allowed to tell jurors.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY "We have nothing to hide and not a damned thing to apologize for." John Lea, a former chairman of the Springdale Chamber's executive board, on accusations leveled against the chamber Article, 1B
General Motors Co. will go to 24-hour operations at factories in Kansas, Michigan and Indiana to handle an expected increase in demand and to make up for production lost from a large-scale factory consolidation announced earlier in the year.
Democratic Rep. Mike Ross lashed back at critics Tuesday, contending that he received a "fair price" for the Prescott pharmacy he sold in 2007 despite accounts questioning whether his take was "substantially more" than it was worth.
A financial adviser from Rogers announced Tuesday that he will run as a Republican for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Sen. Blanche Lincoln, a Democrat who is running for her third six-year term.
The director of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System said Tuesday that he will request an opinion from the state attorney general on whether the system has the legal authority to collect millions of dollars from retirees who returned to work but failed to report their earnings to the system.
Sen. Robert Byrd, 91, a West Virginia Democrat and the longest-serving senator in history, fell at his home in northern Virginia and was admitted to a Washington area hospital after blood tests showed his white blood-cell count was high, which raised the possibility of an infection, his office said in a statement.
A man accused of stalking singer-songwriter Jewel at her rural Texas ranch said he was on a mission from God, authorities said Tuesday. Michael Lawrance Kozelka of Wisconsin was arrested last week after he went two consecutive days to the 2,000-acre Stephenville ranch owned by Jewel's husband, rodeo champion Ty Murray, said Erath County Sheriff Tommy Bryant.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "The law of the jungle cannot last eternally." French Immigration Minister Eric Besson, on the destruction of an illegal alien camp at the port of Calais commonly known as "the jungle" Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY "There's things that you can't replace, but it's just stuff. But there are four people in our family and we're all safe so we're glad for that." Deborah Golden, whose split-level home in Atlanta was mostly underwater Article, 3A
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 23, 1909 Anticipating in many counties that the revenue received from the county tax will exceed demands, as the result of the increase in property valuations and the discovery and assessment of much property that heretofore has escaped taxation
MIKE ROSS is making a name for himself. A few years ago, Informed Reader would be forgiven for asking, "Mike who?"-especially if he didn't live in South Arkansas. But this year, the congressman from the Fourth District of Arkansas has been featured all over the news.
Not that folks with an iPhone, complete with camera app, need be reminded, but it's definitely a visual age. Which could explain why it's a vulgarized one. Nothing can be hinted at any longer, it must be shown. Preferably in stark lighting. Which may explain the long decline and sudden fall of ACORN.
It's. . . baaaaaack! Beginning midweek, those in and around downtown Fayetteville and atop its hills will hear the familiar thunder and roar well before actually laying eyes on the thousands of gleaming motorcycles convening for the 10th annual Bikes, Blues and Barbecue fall festival. Yee-ha !
My vote for the You Said a Mouthful award goes to comments made last week by state Sen. Ruth Whitaker of Cedarville, to wit: "Why are we so crowded? We haven't increased the number of legislators. It is because of the growth of staff and government. Our citizens are hurting for food.
BASEBALL Lasorda at Smithsonian The National Portrait Gallery has installed a painting of Hall of Fame manager Tommy Lasorda on his 82nd birthday. The life-sized portrait, measuring 60 inches by 50 inches, was installed Tuesday at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.
Phillip Fulmer was speaking to the Little Rock Touchdown Club on Monday when he said: "To win the SEC, you have to have a quarterback who can make plays and you have to have a good defensive line." Fulmer should know. His Tennessee teams played for the championship five times and won it twice.
GOLF ASU's Welch wins in sudden-death playoff Arkansas State's Jennifer Welch won the MSU/Payne Stewart Memorial on Tuesday in Springfield, Mo., leading the Red Wolves to a second-place finish. Welch defeated Bradley's Breanne Neufeld on the second hole of a sudden death playoff for the first title of her college career.
Coaches: Top WRs need rest
Arkansas receivers Greg Childs, Jarius Wright and Joe Adams made a combined 12 catches for 308 yards against Georgia, but Coach Bobby Petrino said they played too many snaps in a game the Bulldogs rallied to win 52-41.
NFL Burress gets 2 years NEW YORK - Former New York Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison after accidentally shooting himself in the thigh at a nightclub and later reaching a plea deal on weapons charges. Burress, 32, was indicted on two counts of weapon possession and one count of reckless endangerment and pleaded guilty Aug. 20.
Arkansas State will try to take its first step toward a conference championship Saturday when it opens Sun Belt Conference play at home against Troy, the team picked by most in the preseason to win the league title.
ConAgra Foods Inc. said Tuesday that its first-quarter profit dropped 63 percent compared with a year earlier - when it sold a business - but its adjusted profit beat estimates, and it raised its outlook.
Jones, Lindsey, May, Clark to be honored Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys; Jim Lindsey, owner of Lindsey & Associates in Fayetteville; J. Thomas May, chairman and chief executive officer of Simmons First National Corp. in Pine Bluff; and the late William Clark, founder of CDI Contractors Inc. in Little Rock, will be inducted into the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame in February.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "The general economic recovery is weak for one reason: Because the housing recovery is weak." David Crowe, chief economist of the National Association of Home Builders Article, 1D 4 Arkansas firms on Newsweek list Arkansas-based companies got mixed reviews in Newsweek magazine's inaugural "green" rankings of the 500 largest U.S. companies' environmental initiatives.
A Rogers District Court deputy clerk was fired earlier this month, accused with changing her boyfriend's court records, after she was suspended in connection with a bank deposit that disappeared from a court safe before it reappeared in a desk drawer.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, as members of the Benton County Health Department gathered outside of the new satellite office here for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a woman walked up and asked the group about scheduling an appointment.
The Friends of Hobbs will welcome Ellen Turner to Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area at 2 p.m. Saturday for her presentation on "Arkansas, the Natural State." She has contributed with research, education and outreach in Arkansas and across the country, most notably with the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. She teaches at Northwest Arkansas Community College in Bentonville.
Bald eagle to be released Sunday The second presentation of the Friends of Hobbs Speaker Series will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the new Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area visitors center on Arkansas Highway 12 just east of Rogers.
As the country engages in a heated - and necessary - debate about health-care reform, we draw your attention to a health-related issue that often gets overlooked, but one that should matter to all Americans.
This didn't take long. : President Barack Obama imposed punitive tariffs on Chinesemade lower-price tires, and : China had announced it was considering tit-for-tat tariffs on imports of U.S. chicken and auto products.
Bikes, Blues & BBQ brings thousands of motorcycles to Fayetteville for the rally. For individuals who have never learned how to ride and would like to start, though, there are a limited number of places in northwest Arkansas to take lessons.
Soon the roar of engines and the beat of drums will be blaring up and down Dickson Street, as the 10th annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival comes to town beginning Wednesday. For many, that's music to the ears because the bike rally will be a sure-fire way to boost local business.
With less than two weeks to go until their second annual alumni auction, the local chapter of Future Farmers of America and its supporters are gathering consignment items and crossing their fingers for a decent turnout.
Shawna Thorup is the new executive director of the Fayetteville Public Library, board of trustees Vice President Beverly Schaffer said Monday. She said the board offered Thorup the job Monday evening and she accepted. Her salary will be $85,000, and she starts Oct. 31.
Investigations conducted by the Springdale Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, the U.S. Probation Office and the Northwest Arkansas Sex Offender and Violent Crime Task Force led to two indictments Thursday.
Professor Eric Foner, the DeWitt Clinton professor of history at Columbia University, will speak on "Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and Slavery" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the E.J. Ball Courtroom in the Leflar Law Center as part of the University of Arkansas Hartman Hotz Lectures in Law and Liberal Arts.
It was about a week ago when representatives of the Fayetteville Advertising and Promotion Commission learned that the Botanical Garden of the Ozarks - one of those unique gems that will someday be among the city's crown jewels - is in the midst of some major financial heartache. Times are so tough, in fact, that the group needs $50,000 just to make it through winter.
Believe it or else. There are things happening in theFayetteville Public Schools other than the recent millage election, though they aren't getting nearly thesame amount of ink or airtime. The sun did rise last Wednesday morning, and we're still here.
Shortly before 8 a.m. Monday, as members of the Benton County Health Department gathered outside of the new satellite office here for a ribbon-cutting ceremony, a woman walked up and asked the group about scheduling an appointment.
Wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to block certain types of Internet traffic flowing over their networks, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said Monday in a speech that got a cool response from the industry.
Shares of American International Group Inc. jumped more than 20 percent Monday after the head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform said that panel will examine a plan to reduce the company's bailout package.
I guess he ain't ready for the rockin' chair yet. Arizona QB Kurt Warner really stunk it up in the Cardinals' Week 1 loss to San Francisco. So much so that my friend Brad (a lifelong Cardinals' fan) and I even began to wonder if the team might have to put the 38-yearold out to pasture in favor of the much-younger Matt Leinart.
The Rev. Emmanuel Orgu, a priest from Nigeria serving in the Catholic Diocese of Little Rock, has been removed from active ministry for alleged misconduct. The action was taken by Bishop Anthony B. Taylor and shared with parishioners during Masses this weekend.
Former U.S attorney and Republican presidential adviser Tim Griffin announced Monday that he'll oppose Democratic U.S Rep. Vic Snyder in 2010, saying his values were more in line with central Arkansas voters than are those of the 12-year incumbent.
The Arkansas Teacher Retirement System paid for services before entering into contracts, apparently violating state regulations, contract law and sound business practices, according to an audit released late Monday.
Arkansas is still in the early phases of developing its statewide trauma system, but national emergency officials said Monday that it will soon be an important piece of larger efforts to coordinate emergency medical services nationwide.
As the United States mulls over climate legislation, China is poised to join the European Union in claiming "front-runner" status among nations battling climate change, the U.N. climate chief said Monday.
Police officers foiled a plan to assassinate a regional education minister in northwest Pakistan when they took on four militants in a gunbattle Monday that ended with a teenage suicide bomber blowing himself up, police said.
The chairman of the Senate Finance Committee was revising his sweeping health-care bill Monday to address serious concerns from fellow Democrats and a key Republican about insurance costs, part of his ongoing struggle to deliver on President Barack Obama's top domestic priority.
President Obama called on Monday for "a new generation of innovation," releasing what he described as a strategy to build on more than $100 billion in economic stimulus funding to promote progress in such areas as clean energy, health care and basic research.
Students living in northern Mexico have skirted residency requirements to attend U.S. public schools for generations, but when the superintendent in one Texas border town got word that about 400 school age children were crossing the international bridge each day with backpacks but no student visas, he figured he had to do something.
Floodwaters that swept across the rain-soaked Southeast killed at least six people Monday, including a Georgia toddler who disappeared after a mobile home was split apart by a swollen creek. Four others were missing.
A judge ordered an Afghanistan-born Colorado man who purportedly received al-Qaida training and had bomb-making instructions on his computer to be held pending a detention hearing Thursday, and the government warned law enforcement around the nation Monday about the danger of an attack on mass transit.
The recession is profoundly disrupting American life: More people are delaying marriage and home buying, turning to carpools yet getting stuck in ever-worse traffic, staying put rather than moving to new cities.
Vicente Fox, Mexico's former president, told students and faculty members at the University of New Mexico that the United States should spend 2 percent of its gross domestic product to narrow the wage gap between Mexico and America and contended that such spending would reduce the need for expensive walls between the two countries.
A new round of Russia-U.S. arms control talks began Monday, and Russian military experts predicted they will not be easy, despite President Barack Obama's decision to scrap plans for an eastern Europe based missile shield that Moscow opposed.
A publicist for Kristin Chenoweth said paramedics checked out the actress after her Emmy win, but that she's doing fine. Meghan Prophet said Chenoweth felt a migraine coming on after winning an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a comedy series and doing press interviews.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "In my 22 years in the fire department here in Gwinnett, we have not experienced flooding to this degree." Capt. Thomas Rutledge of the Gwinnett County, Ga., Fire and Emergency Services, on the flooding that killed at least six in the state Article, this page
Even though some attorneys say they can be hard to enforce if a dispute arises, oral contracts are used by cities of all sizes for a wide variety of reasons, ranging from small amounts of money to trusted relationships.
Two legislative leaders failed Monday to persuade Gov. Mike Beebe to fund a $1.8 million tunnel from the Capitol to a building with an area that is to be renovated for planned legislative committee rooms and staff offices.
Little Rock police and the Arkansas Internet Crimes Against Children task force served a search warrant at the home of former North Little Rock School Board member Trent Cox last week, a day before he resigned his seat saying the travel demands of his work had grown too great.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 22, 1909 Penitentiary officials estimate that the cost of gathering and placing upon the market the cotton crop on the state farm this year will be greater than elsewhere in the South. They base their estimate on the price paid for convict labor, which is $1.50 per day.
"Public sentiment is everything. With public sentiment, nothing can fail; without it nothing can succeed." -A. Lincoln THANKS TO Bob Woodward, the Washington Post's ever-open drop for leaked documents, the American people have the benefit of the latest report and recommendations from the commanding general of NATO forces in Afghanistan.
If journalism is about impact, it's been a good two weeks for twentysomething filmmakers James O'Keefe and Hannah Giles. The now-famous pair posed as a pimp and a prostitute and, with hidden camera at the ready, sought help setting up a brothel from ACORN, the taxpayer-supported community organizing group.
In the sub-zero cold of late November 1950, south of the Yalu River near the village of Kunu-ri in what now is North Korea, Private 1st Class Charlie Rangel, though wounded by shrapnel, helped lead 40 of his fellow soldiers from the U.S. Army's 503rd Field Artillery Battalion in a daring three-day escape from encirclement by the Chinese Army.
Arkansas Coach Bobby Petrino said linebacker Jerry Franklin deserved to be ejected from last Saturday's loss to Georgia, but that the sophomore is expected to start in this week's game at No. 3 Alabama.
BASKETBALL Terps' coach gets extension Maryland men's basketball Coach Gary Williams has received a one-year extension on his contract, which could keep him at the job into 2013. Williams' contract includes automatic extensions for achieving benchmark standards by the Terrapins, both athletically and academically.
Linebacker sacks fans after boos Washington Redskins rookie linebacker Robert Henson has been inactive for the team's first two games this season, which has apparently given him too much time to think.
Peyton Manning threw two touchdown passes to take some sheen off the Miami Dolphins' glitzy makeover under new owner Stephen Ross, and the Indianapolis Colts came from behind four times to win 27-23 Monday night.
49ERS-JETS Ryan: Charge filed SANTA
The San Francisco 49ers have filed tampering charges against the New York Jets regarding top San Francisco draft pick Michael Crabtree, Jets Coach Rex Ryan confirmed Monday.
FOOTBALL Two UCA players honored The Southland Conference has named Central Arkansas quarterback Robbie Park its offensive player of the week and linebacker James Lancaster defensive player of the week.
Hogs rise to review, rejuvenate
How will Arkansas bounce back from Saturday's 52-41 loss to Georgia, considering the investment of time and energy the Hogs put into preparing for the 23rdranked Bulldogs.
U.S. Rep. Mike Ross worked Monday to dispel the idea that his opposition to a "public option " in the health-care system overhaul being considered in Congress has been unduly influenced by insurance companies.
Dell Inc. has agreed to buy Perot Systems Corp. for $3.9 billion, undertaking its biggest purchase ever to compete with International Business Machines Corp. and Hewlett-Packard Co. in computer services.
Matt Schaub trumped Chris Johnson's career day by throwing for 357 yards and 4 touchdowns, Kris Brown kicked a 23-yard field goal in the closing minutes, and Houston ruined Tennessee's home opener with a 34-31 victory Sunday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "Fayetteville is known for its debate. I don't know that Fayetteville's ever going to have a landslide anything." Susan Heil, president of the Fayetteville school board, on the millage campaign to fund construction of a new high school Article, 1B
During heavy rains, inmates at the Island of Hope Chapel at the Arkansas Department of Correction's Tucker Unit use sheets of plastic to cover the stage in the sanctuary and put out trash cans to catch the water that drips from the curved wooden ceiling.
A national recession has made once-predictable voter behavior unpredictable, forcing leaders of two Northwest Arkansas school districts to retool facilities plans to build the public appeal necessary for bond issue approval.
The head of the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, a group in danger of losing funding after videos appeared to show employees giving advice on opening a prostitution business, said she was "outraged" by the actions of those workers and will announce an independent auditor for the organization today.
Mad Men and 30 Rock led a pack of Emmy winners who successfully defended their titles at Sunday's show, but the snappy ceremony and a star turn by host Neil Patrick Harris made the evening far from a rerun.
Deborah Berke, whose architectural vision is described as "the philosophy of the everyday," will deliver the Ernie Jacks Distinguished Lecture for the Fay Jones School of Architecture at 5:30 p.m. today in the Shollmeyer Lecture Hall in Vol Walker Hall. The public is invited.
John Pelphrey's had a tough time of it since coming on board as men's head basketball coach at the University of Arkansas more than two years ago. Under his leadership, some Razorback athletes have had a difficult time making good grades; others have simply left school and transferred elsewhere.
Arkansas and Georgia combined to throw for 783 yards. But the quarterbacks weren't the only ones on the field getting an arm workout. The officials were busy tossing a lot of yellow. The Arkansas Razorbacks committed 7 penalties for 78 yards in the second quarter alone. All that yellow had the Hogs seeing red after watching Georgia score 17 unanswered points in the second quarter to erase a 21-10 deficit and take a 27-21 edge to halftime in an eventual 52-41 triumph at Reynolds Razorback Stadium Saturday night.
Can't say it wasn't exciting. Ninety-three points and 1,015 yards of offense. Single-game records where crushed. But, any way a Hog fan looks at it, Arkansas' 52-41 loss to Georgia had to be ultimately unfulfilling.
The Lowell City Council voted Tuesday to approve the most significant $85 expense in its recent history. That amount represented the city's first bill for collecting creditcard payments at its city court.
City Treasurer Jerry Hudlow will ask the Rogers City Council at its meeting Tuesday to approve this year's property-tax rate. It's the same rate he's been asking the board to approve since he arrived in Rogers seven years ago.
I am often drawn to reread Romans 7 because I believe this chapter is very accurate in its description of human nature - most certainly it is with mine. You remember the gist of the passage, don't you? Paul was saying that he often did the things he should not do and, on top of that, he didn't do the things he should do. We all know how true this is. The exact scripts may vary with each of us, but the stories of our lives are closely similar.
The FBI arrested a 24-year-old Colorado airport shuttle driver on charges of making false statements to federal agents in an ongoing terror investigation, and supporting documents contend the man admitted receiving weapons and explosives training from al-Qaida in Pakistan.
The top U.S. and NATO commander in Afghanistan warns in an urgent, confidential assessment of the war that he needs more forces within the next year and bluntly states that without them, the eight year conflict "will likely result in failure," according to a copy of the 66-page document obtained by The Washington Post.
Last week's column discussed how seven factors in Zen Buddhist teachings might be seen as road signs to happy and healthy human development. These seven factors are universal virtues that are found in most cultures of the world, in different words and contexts, but there all the same: mindfulness, investigation, energy, joy, tranquility, concentration and equanimity.
King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Thailand's 81-yearold monarch, who has the world's longest reign at 63 years, was hospitalized after suffering from a fever, fatigue and a loss of appetite, the palace announced.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "All of our employees, if they're too stupid to understand that they're not reaching professional standards, we terminate them." Bertha Lewis, CEO of ACORN, saying she will announce an independent auditor for the organization today Article, this page
QUOTE OF THE DAY "The U.S. officials who talk about Iranian missiles and their danger while saying Iran intends to build a nuclear bomb, they know these words are wrong." Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, supreme leader of Iran, after the U.S. scrapped a missile intercept system aimed at his nation Article 1A
A week after Ron Angel took over the Youth Services Division, the Education Department hit him with a scathing rebuke of the special-education program at the state's largest youth lockup. Angel quickly learned that was just one of many obstacles to educating the 330 or so delinquent youths in state custody on any given day.
The Lifeway Christian School volleyball team remained undefeated with two wins this past week with a 3-0 victory against Destiny Christian Academy out of Waggoner, Okla. last Tuesday and a 3-0 win against Ridgeway Christian School out of Pine Bluff on Friday.
100 YEARS AGO Sept. 21, 1909 The Arkansas Railroad Commission yesterday issued an order to the Iron Mountain Railroad, requiring that road to construct a $25,000 addition to the depot at Fort Smith, work on the addition to be started within 60 days and to be completed within six months.
MIKE HUCKABEE, that wacky ol' bass player on TV, has done it again. By which we mean he's made news, or at least called attention to himself. He's good at both. Sometimes simutaneously. Last year he ran for president of the whole younighted states. And we're pretty sure he once had an important job here in Arkansas.
Russian leaders never liked the idea that the United States, Poland and the Czech Republic were cooperating on missile defense to confront an emerging Iranian threat. The notion that two former Warsaw Pact states that Moscow used to control would be hosting 10 interceptor missiles in Poland and a corresponding radar facility in the Czech Republic was unacceptable.
Not too long ago, Pope Benedict XVI met President Barack H. Obama at the Vatican-shortly after the pope had issued his encyclical on economics. According to the usual press release after such visits, pope and president covered a wide array of topics and were suitably impressed with each other.
One year after the onset of the economic shock that brought the American economy to the brink of collapse, the most amazing aspect of the crisis is how little has been done to ensure that something like this never happens again. Dithering in Congress and a business-as-usual attitude on Wall Street have left American consumers and the economy vulnerable to another punishing disaster sooner or later.
Jake Fox homered in the 11th inning and the Chicago Cubs benefited from a wide slide by Matt Holliday, beating St. Louis 6-3 Sunday night and keeping the Cardinals' magic number at four for clinching the NL Central.
When a young driver isn't sure how to approach an on-track situation, they often ask themselves "What would Mark Martin do?" With a championship on the line, Batesville's Martin fooled the competition and won.
TRACK AND FIELD Gay wins 100 in Shanghai American sprinters Tyson Gay (Arkansas Razorbacks) and Carmelita Jeter flirted with history at the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix on Sunday. Gay ran the second fastest men's 100 meters on record, winning in 9.69 seconds.
The crowd at the MGM Grand arena didn't waste any time leaving, with most getting out even before the decision was officially announced. They had come to cheer Juan Manuel Marquez, and the few who were still there when Floyd Mayweather Jr. left the ring sent him on his way with a chorus of boos.
Stretch run fun, games for Detroit The Detroit Tigers, clinging to a three-game American League Central division lead over the Minnesota Twins, insist they're not nervous, and, according to Detroit News columnist John Niyo, they've got the toy trucks and cocktail dresses to prove it.
LR Touchdown Club to hear from Fulmer Former Tennessee Volunteers Coach Phillip Fulmer will be the guest speaker at today's meeting of the Little Rock Touchdown Club at the Embassy Suites hotel in Little Rock.
Carroll's comments revealing For fans who watched their teams win on Saturday and worried about the margin not being decisive enough, Southern California provided its annual reminder that there is no such thing as bad victory, only bad - sometimes really bad - losses.
Alfa Romeo boasts that its new MiTo compact has the speed and handling expected from a sports car, with the added bonus of greater fuel efficiency - 10 percent more power with 10 percent less consumption.
Those in the market for a laptop this fall will find a batch of new, mid-priced models that promise less weight and longer battery life than traditional notebook computers, but more performance - and a bigger screen and keyboard - than they'd get with a netbook.
ALEXANDER Billy A. Davis, 12109 Germania, Sept. 16, Chapter 13. Homer Douglas Brown, 8526 Anthony Wood Cove, Sept. 11, Chapter 7. Jackie Callahan, 15 Nickel Cove, Sept. 14, Chapter 13. Rhoda D. Canales-Perez, 13930 Magnolia Glen, Sept. 10, Chapter 7.
Developers, startup enthusiasts, marketing gurus, graphic artists and legal minds are invited to the first Northwest Arkansas Startup Weekend on the University of Arkansas Global Campus in Rogers on Oct. 2-4.
As foundations are poured and walls erected at the construction site for Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the museum's staff continues to grow in preparation for opening the museum to the public.
Rogers Lester E. Chapman Lester E. Chapman, 72, of Rogers, Ark., died Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, in Eureka Springs, Ark. He was born April 7, 1937, in Alamosa, Colo., to Lester Chapman and Mary Evelene Vandivier Chapman.
Bella Vista Fly Tyers Club The club will meet at 10 a.m. Thursday at Riordan Hall in Bella Vista. Chris Knife will speak about the Arkansas Sheriff's Youth Camp. The Lovely Purchase Chapter, DAR The club met for brunch Sept. 14 at the home of Ninetta Potts to start off the new fall season and to celebrate Constitution Week. The co-hostess was Frances Thomson.
Mike Huckabee scored well ahead of the pack in the Values Voter presidential straw poll, collecting more votes, a strong result in an early test of how well potential candidates resonate with social conservatives.
Suicide seemed odd table conversation for a luncheon honoring the usually cheery first lady, Ginger Beebe, but it was, after all, the purpose of her visit - National Suicide Awareness and Prevention Day.
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Bentonville Kiwanis Club The club will meet from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Peel Mansion in Bentonville. Lunch served will be Chicken Cordon Bleu. A board meeting, which is held every fourth Tuesday of the month, will be held after the club meeting disbands.
The late Ivan Duncan of Decatur used an old single-row corn planter fitted with the bottom half of a 55-gallon barrel to hold sprigs to establish his first Bermuda grass planting "too many years ago to remember." Ivan (Sept. 6, 1919, to Aug. 12, 2009) was considered the patriarch of quality Bermuda-hay production in Benton County. As a final tribute, the Quality Forage producers agreed to name their annual event the "Ivan Duncan Invitational Bermuda Hay Contest." One of the first producers to recognize the importance of good management, Ivan's Bermuda advice was often sought by others.
Autumn is always a welcomed time of year in northwest Arkansas. However, for most gardeners, there's sadness in saying so long to summer. The end of summer means the end of fresh tomatoes. For those gardeners - and their fortunate neighbors - unwilling to let go of summer's bounty, here are a few tips on how to stretch out the season for homegrown tomatoes.
DEAR ABBY: My mother and stepfather are divorcing after 30 years together. Mama has moved in with my husband, children and me. My stepfather is alone in their house and struggling to pay the bills. The problem is Mama wants to confide in me and tell me all her troubles with "Donald." I told her I don't want to hear any of it because I don't want to end up hating him. Donald is my children's grandfather and the only father I have ever known. (There was no abuse involved in their marriage.) Mother said I am her "best friend," and I should "be there" for her.Then she burst into tears and left.Was I wrong? I told her I support her in every way, but I don't think I should be the one she talks to about her failed marriage. I don't discuss their relationship with my stepdad either. Please tell me how to handle this. - CAN'T LISTEN IN DELRAY BEACH, FLA. DEAR CAN'T LISTEN: Please forgive the understatement, but the process of divorce is an extremely emotional one.Your mother may be trying to justify why she walked out
SELF PORTRAIT Date and place of birth: Sept. 29, 1951, Cleveland My three favorite artists are Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Victor Vasarely. I wish I had a piece of artwork by Rene Magritte. Always in my refrigerator: Diet Sunkist A gadget I can't live without is a computer.
On Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 and 2, 300 sixth-graders from Old High Middle School in Bentonville will experience a cross-curriculum educational effort sponsored by the Rogers Historical Museum, Hobbs State Park-Conservation Area, the Friends of Hobbs, War Eagle Mill, Northwest Arkansas Community College and the University of Arkansas's Archaeological Survey. The sixth-graders are studying the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.
Monday Rogers Board of Adjustments, 9:30 a.m. Rogers Water Utilities Commission, 4 p.m. Walton Arts Center Council, 4 p.m. Washington County's County Services Committee, 4:45 p.m. Bentonville School Board, 5:30 p.m. Lowell Planning Commission, 6 p.m. Prairie Grove School Board, 6 p.m. Lincoln School Board, 6:30 p.m. Bethel Heights Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Elkins Planning Commission, 7 p.m. Gentry School Board, 7 p.m. Gravette School Board, 7 p.m. Prairie Grove City Council, 7 p.m.
Back in 2002, the Rogers School District initiated its pre-kindergarten program. Since then, the program has grown from three to 16 classrooms, serving a whopping 320 students, and has received high marks from the state's Department of Early Childhood Education.
The United Nations Human Rights Council, a putrid perversion of every high ideal upon which it was founded, has issued a report calling the Israelis war criminals. The HRC has also, in obedience to the wishes of Chavez and Castro, ejected the representative from Honduras. In the very week it has committed these outrages, the Obama administration has announced that the United States, which quit the organization in 2006, will rejoin. Brilliant.
WASHINGTON COUNTY Raymond Jay Bair, 39, and Agenia Dawnn Mattes, 41, both of Springdale. John Henderson Bradley II, 28, and Terry Ngoc Fette, 27, both of Dallas. Jose Osbaldo Casas, 40, and Patricia Morales-Herrera, 24, both of Springdale.
Senate Finance Committee members of both parties signaled an aggressive effort to reshape health-care legislation proposed by Chairman Max Baucus, drafting 564 amendments for consideration when the panel meets later this week.
3 hurt in chase for stolen cruiser Two Carroll County sheriff's officers and the man they served with warrants were released Saturday from St. John's Hospital in Berryville following treatment of injuries caused after the man took a squad car Friday and was chased down.
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Police raided a Pakistani security firm that helps protect the U.S. Embassy on Saturday, seizing 70 purportedly unlicensed weapons and arresting two people. The arrests follow a series of scandals surrounding American use of private contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
When Barack Obama was elected president of the United States, some suggested that race played a factor in his success. People "wanted" to elect a black man president because of our history of slavery and the denial of civil rights for so many years to African-Americans. It is never "racism" to vote for someone because he is black. It is only racism to oppose the policies of a black Democrat.
VFW Robert M. Sterrett Post 9063 The National Veterans of Foreign Wars and VFW Robert M. Sterrett Post 9063 in Bella Vista are sponsoring two student patriotism contests. Local winners will receive U.S. Savings Bonds and be eligible for scholarships on a district and national level.
Russia said Saturday that it will scrap a plan to deploy missiles near Poland since Washington has dumped a planned missile shield in Eastern Europe. It also harshly criticized Iran's president for new comments denying the Holocaust.
Several days after being hired as Arkansas lottery director in June, Ernie Passailaigue warned that "when you turn on the switch" to sell lottery tickets, "it is just going to be mass confusion." He said the lottery would be receiving telephone calls from upset players and retailers.
Smack among the vast green and gold farm fields of southern Illinois, a steel graveyard filled with unwanted, broken-down locomotives symbolizes the weak state of the trainmanufacturing industry in the United States.
Arkansas is the first state in the nation to make the online version of its appellate court opinions the sole official version, leading some to wonder how secure those rulings will be in a world of hackers or under the control of a perhaps less-scrupulous future state Supreme Court or Court of Appeals.
A few weeks ago I went home and spent part of the weekend hanging out with my "Stuttgart girls," named after the small town in southeastern Arkansas where the four of us grew up. It was the first time we had all been in a room together in more than four years.
As thousands of demonstrators marked the anniversary of a 2006 coup in the Thai capital Saturday, a rival group of protesters clashed with police and villagers near the Cambodian border, showing the country's long-running political crisis is far from settled.
After the lights dimmed and were eventually shut off at this year's annual Show and Celebration for the Missouri Foxtrotting Horse Breed Association in Ava, Mo., Bob Crafton of Rogers turned off his announcer's microphone for the last time, ending the chapter of his 35-year announcing career.
It's 8 o'clock on a Sunday night in the Pakistani capital, but collection cowboy Sharoon Hermoon is living on U.S. time. Headset in place, feet on his desk, he aims his speed dialer at a debtor in Fort Worth.
Defending a Yale lab technician charged with murder against forensic evidence might mean trying to convince jurors that the crime scene was contaminated because police didn't immediately shut down the lab where the victim was eventually found, legal experts said.
With the mood on Capitol Hill rapidly turning against ACORN, all six members of Arkansas' congressional delegation voted last week to deny federal funding to the communityorganizing group that began nearly four decades ago as an advocate for the poor in Arkansas.
The senior Senate Democrat shepherding legislation to overhaul the nation's financial system is planning to propose the merger of four bank agencies into one super-regulator, an idea that is significantly different from what President Barack Obama envisions.
Recently, I saw a 78-yearold woman who was brought to the clinic with Alzheimer's disease. She had bruises on both of her arms and would not speak in the presence of her husband. Her husband claimed that she never listened to him and that moving her from one place to another often required force.
PEACE ARCH INTERNATIONAL PARK, Blaine, Wash. - When the strain of separation becomes too much and they need to see and hold each another, David Williams and his wife, Janeane Ardiel, meet in a sort of no man's land just feet from a concrete boundary marker separating Canada from the United States.
WILSONVILLE, Ore. - Oregon State Police say more than two dozen motorcycles, most of them belonging to the Brother Speed motorcycle club, crashed on Interstate 5 Friday afternoon, blocking freeway traffic for hours.
A man under investigation in a terrorism probe in New York and Colorado didn't report for a fourth day of FBI questioning Saturday so he could spend a day with his attorney, the attorney's spokesman said.
The Taliban's reclusive leader said in a Muslim holiday message Saturday that the U.S. and NATO should study Afghanistan's long history of war, in a pointed reminder that foreign forces have had limited military success in the country.
P resident Barack Obama extended greetings to Muslims celebrating Eid al-Fitr, which marks the end of the holy month-long fasting time known as Ramadan, and said that even at this festive occasion, Muslims remember the less fortunate, those suffering in poverty, hunger, conflict and disease.
FCC to unveil new Net traffic rules The head of the FCC plans to propose new rules that would prohibit Internet service providers from interfering with the free flow of information and certain applications over their networks, according to reports published Saturday.
QUOTE OF THE DAY "I want to ask people who hate me and those who love me to review the past three years and answer if you have seen anything changed for the better." Thailand's former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, to supporters on the third anniversary of a coup that ousted him Article, this page
Soon the roars of the engines and the beat of the drums will be blaring all up and down Dickson Street, as the 10th Annual Bikes, Blues & BBQ festival comes to town beginning Wednesday. For many, that's music to the ears as the bike rally will be a sure-fire way to boost local business.
From the glass window along the back wall of her third-floor office in the Arkansas Arts Center, Executive Director Ellen "Nan" Plummer can see the new Egyptian-theme gift shop coming together, glimpse the new atrium, and soon, she hopes, take in the throngs of people coming in through the new ticketing tent just outside.
Carlotta Walls LaNier was so famous when she was in high school that a letter from Denmark found its way to her, even though the writer merely attached a newspaper photo to the envelope and wrote, "This girl on the picture goes on high school in Little Rock. Please send the letter to the girl."
The San Jose Taiko Drummers will perform at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Perot Theatre, 219 Main St., Texarkana, and 7:30 p.m. Friday in Riceland Hall at Arkansas State University's Fowler Center, 201 Olympic Drive, Jonesboro.
The city of Fayetteville will begin construction of a 36-inch water line Monday along Township Street between Gulley Park and Arkansas 265. The majority of the work will be on the north side of Township Street. Lane closures will be required because of the size of the water line being installed. Detour signs will be posted to reroute traffic as necessary.
The Terence Blanchard Group Choice Concord AWhile any record that prominently features Cornel West in any capacity other than perhaps the writing of liner notes (love ya, Doc, but Sketches of My Culture was awkward) is suspect, Terence Blanchard manages to easily integrate the Princeton prof's musings on life choices and music as sublime language into what reads as a dialogue between eloquent voices who've reached each other speaking their own language.
You may never need them at 35,000 feet, but you'll be glad they're around if you do. Defibrillators, medical kits and life vests are a few examples of the safety equipment the government requires airlines to put on passenger jets.
The last thing I expected as I slid my fingers through the handle of my first tankard of beer in Munich was 10,000 voices erupting in a ragged rendition of "Hang on Sloopy." There was no mistaking it, even when sung with a German accent.
I'm tucked away in Santiago de Compostela, in the northwest corner of Spain. I have a three-part agenda: see pilgrims reach their goal in front of the cathedral, explore the market, and buy some barnacles in the seafood section - then have them cooked for me, on the spot, in a cafe.
Tuesday's election returns were like getting kicked in the head with an iron boot - at least for the Fayetteville School District and young people throughout this town hoping to attend the premier high school of the region. The many people in the community who helped fashion the plan for that high school, we now know, had bigger ideas than the general public was willing to embrace.
Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianist Simone Dinnerstein should be at least moderately familiar to Arkansas audiences. He has soloed a couple of times with the Arkansas Symphony, and she played her chart-topping interpretation of J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations in Hot Springs. Recital partners for a decade, they recorded the first three Beethoven cello-piano sonatas together for Denon in 2006.
Of the 230 objects about to go on display as part of the Arkansas Arts Center's "World of the Pharaohs: Treasures of Egypt Revealed" exhibit, guest curator William Peck's favorite is a blue chalice cup in the shape of a lotus.
President Barack Obama reminded Wall Street last week that he intends to impose "common sense" regulations. The last time Washington enacted a sweeping set of financial reforms, more than 75 years ago, the catalyst was a cigar-smoking, Sicilian-born immigrant named Ferdinand Pecora.
The two most professionally decorated of the eight honorees couldn't attend last Friday night's University of Arkansas Sports Hall of Honor banquet at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center, but the least decorated honoree said he brought the best to the table.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1997 set standards for emissions starting with the model year 2004 trucks and heavy-duty diesel truck engines and ending with the model year 2010 trucks and heavyduty engines. The EPA regulates emissions such as sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. 2004 Models must meet lower nitrogen oxide levels.